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New Chesterfield pumpkin patch sprouting up after close of Rombach Farms

New Chesterfield pumpkin patch sprouting up after close of Rombach Farms

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Pumpkin picking at Rombachs Farm in Chesterfield

Pumpkins for sale on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014, at Rombach Farm in Chesterfield. Photo by Huy Mach, hmach@post-dispatch.com

CHESTERFIELD • It turns out Chesterfield will still have a spot to pick pumpkins and drink apple cider this fall, despite the close of a popular fall destination.

Rombach Farms and Pumpkin Patch announced Saturday it would close this year while heirs' of the farm's founder sue each other over ownership.

But while one pumpkin patch shuts down its hay wagon, another is sprouting up about a third of a mile down the road.

The Chesterfield Valley Pumpkin Patch is set to open Sept. 23 at 18734 Olive Street Road, almost next door to the shuttered Rombach Farms. 

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Betty Miller, an activities contractor for Rombach for about 20 years, will run the new location, said Libbey Tucker, the assistant city administrator for Chesterfield. 

The new farm plans to offer many of the same activities visitors could expect at Rombach, including hay rides, a petting zoo, a haunted tunnel, pumpkin- and face-painting and a free pumpkin with admission. 

The pumpkin patch will be located on more than nine acres in the Chesterfield Blue Valley Development near the St. Louis Premium Outlets. 

It will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily with activities on Saturdays and Sundays only. The owners plan to keep it open through Oct. 31 this year.

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