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      Middle Grove farm offers pumpkins and horsedrawn hayrides

      This is the best time of year to visit a small farm in Middle Grove, just east of Moberly.

      The Papa John TMs Pumpkin Farm has just about every type of pumpkin and gourd you can imagine.

      This place has nothing to do with pizza.

      The farm was named after Brenda Churchill TMs grandfather. Brenda and her husband Mark invite school children and families to enjoy Missouri TMs beautiful fall weather on their beautiful farm.

      Kindergartens through fourth graders from Moberly TMs Maranatha Adventist School took a field trip at the farm. Instead of an Easter egg hunt, children at this farm hunt for pumpkins and gourds.

      We TMre really impressed. We like the way they have things set up," School parent Laurie Kelly said. "They have good picture taking places. It TMs beautiful with their flowers and pumpkins and gourds that are around.

      Papa John TMs Pumpkin Farm has one of the widest varieties of pumpkins and gourds in the State of Missouri. If pumpkins and gourds aren TMt your thing, you can always check out their unusual animals.

      The Churchill TMs have pigs, chickens, a bull, a donkey and even sheep. Their most popular animal is Rex, a 9 year old Belgium draft horse. Most people these days use tractors for hayrides.

      This is the old way, the way that they used to do it in the old days," Papa John TMs Pumpkin Farm Co-owner Brenda Churchill said. "You get the experience of like you are going across the country like the pioneers.

      Papa John used to say when things were good, they were mighty fine! Things are good and things are mighty fine at the Papa John Pumpkin Farm.

      The Papa John Pumpkin Farm will remain open until Thanksgiving.