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Published May 28, 2009, 06:39 AM

Donation drive set for fire-damaged pumpkin patch

olunteers this weekend will be collecting money and equipment donations for a popular pumpkin patch in the Bismarck area that was damaged by fire.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK — Volunteers this weekend will be collecting money and equipment donations for a popular pumpkin patch in the Bismarck area that was damaged by fire.

An early morning blaze April 29 destroyed the main Quonset at Papa's Pumpkin Patch. The building held such items as signs, decorations, tools and vehicles.

Cory Finneman, whose family owns the patch, says damage to the buildings and contents exceeded $100,000.

Volunteers have published a wish list of items at www.patchingthepatch.com, a Web site started to help the patch get ready to open in mid-September.

Finneman says about 40,000 people visited the patch last fall, about 5,000 of them school children on field trips.

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