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“National Trucking Shortage” delays fall festivities


A pumpkin patch in Florida is finally underway after a delay in shipment due to a “trucking shortage.”

The First United Methodist Church in St. Augustine, Florida has been hosting a pumpkin patch for 24 years, but had to delay the opening this year due to an alleged trucking shortage. 

“I don’t know exactly what is going on but the company said there is a national trucking shortage,” said Jayce Ginn, Youth Director at the church to News 4 Jax.  

“They said because of hurricanes and Covid, they have had a hard time getting trucks so ours were delayed a week and we felt lucky to get them because we didn’t know if we would or not.”

Delay or not, church organizers are thankful for the work that truckers do to help them maintain the fall family tradition. 

“I think there is a nostalgic quality to it,” said Ginn. “Pumpkin patches seem kind of like a timeless thing and it being in downtown historic St. Augustine and to lay it out over the church like this, they just look cool and so it brightens the side of the road here.”


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