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Pumpkin shortage could leave you short-changed

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"I'm sure it'll be carved into 1000 pieces," says Amy Wilson as she chuckles.

She and her 7-year-old son spent Thursday looking for the perfect pumpkin at Old McDonald's Farm in Sale Creek. It's fall break, and they want to get a head start on their Halloween jack-o-lantern.

She got a good deal on one of a few large ones.

"The same size pumpkin would be probably $50 anywhere else. So I paid $8 for a 38 pound pumpkin," says Wilson.

 But farm manager Brant Crowder says supplies might run out before hay ride season ends.

"We did get our pumpkins planted late because of heavy rainfall when we normally would plant the pumpkins," says Crowder.

 Only a three-quarters of a normal crop and not enough large pumpkins.

 Like last year, he's already ordered some from outside suppliers. He hasn't had to raise his prices yet, but this could change.

"One of our suppliers that we bought some from earlier is just about out of pumpkins," adds Crowder.

So he may have to buy from a more expensive source.

Shannon Bragg, mother a 20-month-old girl, is willing to pay a little more for the experience.

"I think it's great for the kids to be able to come out and go into the field and see where the pumpkins grow on the vines," says Bragg.

On a national scale there could be a shortage of canned pumpkin, too, which would jack up the prices. Bad news for Wilson's family and many others once we move past Halloween and closer to Thanksgiving.

"We'll just pray that we don't go without pumpkins, I guess," says Wilson.

Crowder simply hopes for better weather.

"We need some nice weather, some fall weather," says Crowder. "It's too warm today."

If you want to get ahead of the game and pick fresh pumpkins right out of the patch, head to Old McDonald's. The farm is open Friday, October 8, and then each Saturday and Sunday through Halloween weekend.

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