By Caitlin Switzer
MONTROSE—Take one loving family, four picture-perfect acres planted with ten varieties of pumpkins, and a community packed with plenty of little ghosts, goblins and kids of all ages…it’s a no-fail recipe for Halloween fun, and it all takes place next month at Covered Bridge Ranch (17249 6250 Road).
Gary and Judy Riessen of Montrose have been operating their popular pumpkin patch and Christmas tree (Colorado Conifers) farm long enough for it to become a beloved local tradition—but this year, oldest daughter Natalie Riessen is also on hand to help take the business and promotional efforts to a higher level.
“We planted so many pumpkins, we have a great crop this year!” said Natalie. “Our field is still producing more and more pumpkins, and we are really excited about our opening on Sept. 29. We try to add something new every year.”
Expect an updated web site— www.coveredbridgeranch.com -and even more fun this season, along with the always popular giant haystack, hayrides, roasted marshmallows and pumpkins.
Pumpkin varieties planted include Magic Lantern, Iron Man, Howden Biggie, New Moon, Luminar, Aladdin, Gladiator, Canon Ball, Munchkin and Baby Boo.
“We have mini’s and large ones, and white pumpkins too,” Riessen said. “People really need to come and see the subtle differences between pumpkins for themselves! Also, starting the day after Thanksgiving through Dec 23 this year, we will open up ‘Christmas Trees at the Covered Bridge.’”