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Orange brings lots of green to Terrell

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October 15, 2004

Sasser-- It's becoming of a Southwest Georgia tradition, "This time of year, it is the biggest tourist attraction," says Chamber President Paul Rakel.

Orange pumpkins are bringing in lots of green to Terrell County.  It started out in the back of a pick-up truck 23 years ago.  Today, this roadside stop draws tourists from around the country and this time of year there is nothing bigger in Terrell County.

Drive on Highway 82 and colorful signs like this one point the way to a road side stand in Sasser that is hard to pass up.  Terrell County Chamber President Paul Rakel says, "Nice thing about a four lane is it brings people through but you have to get them to stop and as you can see here people stop."

People stop from as far away as Oklahoma for hot boiled peanuts nat or a big fat pumpkin from Mark's Melon Patch. 

"We get schools from a 60,70,80 mile radius" says owner Mark Daniel.

Mark himself is taking these kids on a hay ride through the pumpkin patch and even the smallest pumpkins are having a good time.  It's a mix that's been a recipe for success for Terrell County.

Rakel says, "We have never really looked at the numbers, but looking at just the number of people who stop, it has got to be tremendous." 

Daniel says,  "We don't get rich by any means but we make a good living at it.  I work hard, and I still continue to work very hard, it's a whole lot of work." A lot of work that translates into a good time for the kids and happy parents willing to buy.

Mark Daniel says the October festivities began gradually, about 17 years ago, and have grown a little bit every year. Leading up to Halloween, you can find school groups from all over the area there.

Posted at 6:45 p.m. by melissa.kill@walb.com