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Pumpkin crop at Belmont Farm destroyed by deluge

Belmont Pumpkin Farm at North, a mainstay of autumn entertainment with pumpkin festivals, hayrides and a corn maze, will not be open this fall.

Cammie Gustafson, who owns the farm with her daughter Krista, said that 20 inches of rain fell on the fields at the time of Tropical Storm Isaias and during the wet two weeks that followed in late August.

Pumpkin plants, then in bloom with the promise of a nice crop, have died, she said. Adding that loss to the restrictions forced by COVID-19 caused the Gustafsons to cancel any attempts to salvage their season.

A Facebook post from the farm said, “Our pumpkin fields and corn maze were under water, and pumpkins really don’t like swimming.”

Gustafson said it’s the first time in 37 years the farm will not be open for visitors.

However, the Gustafsons said while people have offered help, and they appreciate it, “Family and farm crew all have other jobs throughout the year and we will all be fine. Take care of your families, and cont...

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