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The leaders of the patch – Selmi’s gets ready for fall fun

Chuy Arreola hammers a stake in the ground to hold up a school bus cutout with Sal Torres on Wednesday afternoon at Selmi’s in Rock Falls. With fall fast approaching, the family business is gearing up for its annual rite of pumpkin passage – a 60-plus-year tradition. The first day of fall is Sept. 22 and the next day, the Pumpkin Patch opens. The Selmi’s Farm at 1206 Dixon Ave. is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through Halloween. There’s no fee to visit the patch and purchase that perfect pumpkin, play in the yard, or visit the petting zoo. Wristbands also are available – $3 for weekdays and $6 for weekends and Columbus Day – that give guests unlimited access to the indoor play land, corn bin, bounce house, corn maze and kids-themed haunted house. Selmi's also will host an antique tractor show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 30. Go to selmi.com or find Selmi's Greenhouse, Farm and Pumpkin Patch on Facebook for more information.

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