There are lots of places to get your Halloween pumpkins, but one of them will offer a bit more this weekend.

St. Ann's Catholic Church in Bourg is hosting its second annual pumpkin patch in October with a wide variety of pumpkins and family-fun activities.

Event co-coordinator Adrian Matherne said the first edition was supposed to be a one-off event, but it exceeded expectations.

"We started it last year, and it really took off," Matherne said. "People enjoyed it and wanted to come back, so we decided to make it an annual event."

Games include mini-golf, bowling, Connect Four, Plinko, checkers, cornhole, a maze, bean-bag toss, story time, a fishing game, stick horse race and more. There will also be hayrides every Saturday and Sunday.

There will be two new additions to the event this year, the Mike Florek Memorial Car Show and the Mike Florek Memorial Jambalaya Cook-Off. 

"Mike was one of the Knights of Columbus members who was helping us unload the pumpkins last year, and he had a stroke," Matherne said. "He passed away the next day, or close after. We thought it would be worthwhile mentioning him."

Both the car show and the jambalaya cook-off run from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, and registrations will be accepted right up until the start of each event.

Matherne said the pumpkin patch does raise some money for the church, but that is not its primary function. The proceeds from all events help to support the many ministries at St. Ann and the Navajo Indian Reservation in Farmington, N.M., where the church gets the pumpkins.

"The money-making is secondary," Matherne said. "Our main goal is to bring the families together. The games that we have, the parents assist with the children, setting them up, playing with them. We want to make it a family thing and to bring the community together."

The pumpkin patch is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Oct. 31 and admission is free. St. Ann's Catholic Church is at 4355 La. 24 in Bourg.

Staff Writer Scott Yoshonis can be reached at 850-1148 or syoshonis@houmatoday.com. Follow him on Twitter @Foster_Cajun.