Students get lost in the fun of fall festivities at Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch

Loras College tudents rode trolleys to Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch to greet autumn by participating in a corn maze, pumpkin cannon shooting and other fall-related activities.
Loras College tudents rode trolleys to Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch to greet autumn by participating in a corn maze, pumpkin cannon shooting and other fall-related activities.

DUBUQUE — Autumn is a time of change. The humid air turns crisp and the leaves transform into yellows, reds, and browns. Halloween is just around the corner, and that means: pumpkins.

Last Saturday, October 20, CAB hosted an event at Schuster’s Pumpkin Patch that raised students’ autumn spirits.

The event, which ran from 11 a.m. to
1 p.m., gave students the opportunity to get off campus and enjoy the fall air. Students gathered in the Keane parking lot where they were met by two Dubuque trolleys which transported them to Schuster’s.

“The trolleys were cool,” said senior Devin Gackle. “It was a nice old-fashioned element to begin the journey.”

“[The trolleys] were a unique way to get from place to place versus bus or car,” added senior Elizabeth Dickhut.

At Schuster’s, food could be purchased, ranging from hot dogs and chili dogs to the classic Dubuque-oriented turkey and dressing sandwiches. In addition, colorful turquoise, blue, and green rings and bracelets were for sale, and there was a station to shoot pumpkins from a cannon. But the most popular event of the day was definitely the corn maze.

“You can’t have fall in Iowa without going to a corn maze,” said Dickhut.

Each student received a map and a pencil and needed to find eight stations in numerical order within the corn maze. The location of the first station was given on the map, and from there, the location of the next station could only be found once the previous one was reached.

“It was like being in an adventure movie,” said Gackle.

“The corn maze was definitely my favorite part,” agreed senior Clairee Schneider. “And it would have been even better at night.”

It was a consensus among everyone who attended the activity that the day was a great way to kick off the fall season.

“It was great getting in the mood for October-Fest and Fright Fest at Six Flags,” Schneider added.

With October just around the bend, it’s safe to say that Loras is ready for fall to begin.

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