Owners of Johnston Pumpkin Farm announced to family and friends recently that the traditional fall destination for many has closed after 18 years.
Cary and Wanda Johnston made the information public on the farm's Facebook page on Aug. 3. The post that announced the couple's intention to close the farm received 73 comments expressing regret, thanks, or contained a memory made at the farm.
Wanda Johnston said she knows the farm has become a family tradition for locals and residents of Pulaski and Pope counties, but the Johnstons are "ready to do new things."
"It's so many different factors. The weather has contributed. It has been 18 years and my family has changed. We're ready to do new things, and I'm ready to experience fall with my own family," she said. "We've had a long run."
Pumpkins weren't planted in June as they have been at Johnston Pumpkin Farm, Johnston said, because of a lack of rainfall.
"There was no rain here until this past week since April 18, and I don't believe there would have been a chance for the crop," she said.
She emphasized that the bad season is not the only reason for the farm's closing.
"My family has done this for a long time and we're ready to try new things and go other places. I don't know what that is yet but we'll find out."
The 10 acre farm is located off of Arkavalley Road in Springhill.
Since 1995 the farm has been open for visitors to pick pumpkins, take hay rides and photos, and take part in other fall and farm activities.
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