I think the Pumpkin Patch has been going for about eight years. I've worked there for five. We have never been as crowded as we were last night. Amazingly, things went pretty well considering we are all exhausted with little patience left for anyone or anything.
Again, three kids didn't show up for work. I was really scrambling to cover all the attractions. The "Coach" that sets up the schedule just threw up his hands. I started out early as a tractor driver, passed that job off to him and headed for the Corn Chute, better known as the slide.
All of these pictures were from previous days because I literally did not have five seconds to take any more. In no time, a big problem came up. The slide is going WAY too fast!! People are catching air.
The day before in the rain, the boss yelled at me to wax it since it was going too slow. Well all that wax finally took hold on this day. That meant standing at the top and spraying water on before every single rider. The water actually slows it down. Of course the new rugs didn't help either. I spent about four hours up top, but hey ... I wasn't walking so I was happy.
Finally back on the ground, we were so busy it took three of us to keep the slide moving in record time. It could have been better had the adults not wanted their two and three year olds to go down the slide. They must go by themselves (and only if they are 38" tall) ... no riding in laps. Why do you do that??? They scream, cry and bang their heads ... seriously, you think that's fun? I just don't get it.
After a couple of those incidences we heard the snack bar call for an ambulance. OH NO ... but come to find out, it was for a little baby. Two MORE ambulances came for the son (I don't know how old) who hurt his knee in the Corn Maze. Couldn't have been too bad since Mom hung around the patch until 8:30 while picking out her favorite mums for free before heading to her car. Really? Wouldn't you be with your kid at the hospital?
And one more ambulance for the older gentleman who fell in the Corn Maze.