At least 100 volunteers gathered to put together the famous Lake Highlands pumpkin patch.

When the field at St. James Episcopal on Audelia and McCree turns orange, you know fall is upon us. Believe it or not , those pumpkins don’t unload and organize themselves.

Sunday, members of the congregation gathered to unload from a large trailer truck 2,000-plus pumpkins, plus an impressive pile of healthy looking gourds.

The patch has been a Lake Highlands tradition for 15 years. It will be open every day this month: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday – Saturday, noon-6 p.m. Sundays. New this year, they will accept credit cards. Proceeds from pumpkin patch sales benefit the St. James Episcopal youth ministry.