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Pumpkins showing up in Aiken as fall season gets underway

The start of October is when many start to get into the fall spirit, and pumpkins are popping up in Aiken to satisfy the needs of all residents.

One of the pumpkin sellers is Cold Creek Nurseries, which has traditionally sold pumpkins and mums at its storefront on Hitchcock Parkway.

This year is a bit different, though, with all the work being done on the parkway, which has created some traffic issues over the past few months. As a result, Cold Creek decided to open a pop-up shop for the first time at 770 E. Pine Log Road, dubbing it Cold Creek South.

The location, which opened Oct. 2, has lots of variety when it comes to pumpkins or any other items a customer wants, according to Retail Manager Michaela Berley.

“We sell the heirloom pumpkins, gourds, carving pumpkins," Berley said. "We have jack be littles, the pokemons, the pie pumpkins."

For those interested in carving pumpkins, Berleys advice was to "just have fun."

"Carve them and carve a lot," she said, before suggesting to roast the pumpkin's seeds for a tasty treat.

Pumpkins and seasonal items can also be found at several retail locations around Aiken, including Rick's Produce on Whiskey Road.

The longtime Southside pumpkin seller is also back for the fall season. Located across from Target, Rick's has an extensive collection of pumpkins, mums, gourds and more, and is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.

Cold Creek South also sells mums, Indian corn, corn stalks and hay bales. There's even some seasonal produce thrown in to the mix.

Those who visit can also partake in some fun activities beyond looking for items to purchase. Berley said there's a hay bale maze, a ring toss game, cornhole and even a photo booth.

Plus, a food truck from Blue Collard Catering is on site Wednesday through Saturday, offering BBQ sandwiches, sides, desserts and some holiday offerings, according to Cold Creek's website.

The location is open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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