When the weeds died down in a field behind Kings Mountain Memorial Elementary School, the sixth-graders were filled with excitement. There lay a field of pumpkins.
"I got a big one, and it's heavy," said Sarah Stull, 11, as she swung a black trash bag holding her pick behind her shoulder.
They've used the patch in their math, science and art classes, but this is a business. Each pumpkin costs $3, and the money will be used to help supplement the cost of field trips. Anyone can buy a pumpkin in the school's front office.
On Thursday afternoon, a group went out to fill a Waynesburg order.
"Make sure it's not rotten," Mellanie Searcy, 13, said.
The rotten ones seem to be a source of excitement, though. Hunter Fish, 11, busied himself by showing his classmates insects on the flip side of a broken piece and revealed a mush he called, "pumpkin sauce." But he was proud of the size of the pumpkins. He put his foot on his Waynesburg order and said, "I declare this pumpkin for Lord Hunter."