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Perfect pumpkin pickin' day

Cleve Moore sat in the seat of his tractor built in 1964.

"It was purchased new by my grandfather, and it's been farming every year since," he said.

Nearly half a century later, Cleve Moore would use nothing else to pull his trailers--trailers he affectionately, and accurately, named Rusty, Rickety, and Dusty.

After a quick hay ride, a field of orange gourds rang in the fall season.

"I picked a pumpkin," said 7-year-old Trenton Dublin.

Carson Cortez picked 10.

"This is a blast," said Trey Dublin, a father of five.  He was designated as the official pumpkin-picker-upper.

Lesley Moore and her family run Moore Farms.

"When Santa Clause is at the mall every year, and we walk by, we're recognized just as much as Santa Clause by kids," she said.

Many come back year after year, and who could blame them.  There are animals to feed and pet.  And if pumpkin patches and hayrides aren't enough, there's also a three and a half acre corn maze you can definitely get lost in.

The Moores call it Agri-tourism--a place where families learn how farms work while fall fun runs free.

What happens once the perfect pumpkin is picked?

Seven-year-old Rachel Humphrey said she can't wait to carve hers.

Layron Livingston, Reporting.

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