Popular Whitley County pumpkin patch destroyed by floodwaters

Posted at 5:18 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 18:24:20-05

WHITLEY COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Whitley County family is trying to figure out how to rebuild after their pumpkin patch was destroyed by floodwaters.

“We actually sat up there and watched our life's work ripped apart and washed down the road,” said Sally Gap Pumpkin Patch owner Rich Meadors.

Meadors says 8 years ago his family opened the Sally Gap Pumpkin Patch located off KY 92 east of Williamsburg.

“Me and my wife - we love kids. We enjoyed havin' all the kids here. It's been the best biggest blessing of our life even though it's gone now,” said Meadors.

He tells LEX 18 the pumpkin patch once had petting zoo barns, pony stables, kids’ playground equipment and at least 50 picnic tables. But the heavy rain that drenched Whitley County last week washed all of that away.

“It about killed me. I ain't gonna lie about it, I've cried, I ain’t slept much but there's a lot of people praying for us,” said Meadors.

The prayers started pouring in after Meadors posted a video of the damage on the Sally Gap Facebook page.

“We knew the pumpkin patch meant a lot to us, but you know, what it means to other people - we're going to build it back,” said Meadors.

Meadors says all he can do now is pray for the heavens to close up, and divine intervention to come down and bring his dream back to life..

“The pumpkin patch will be open. It's coming up September that's just the way we do. I don't know how yet but it will, God will make a way,” said Meadors.

Meadors added that all of the animals were safely evacuated and are doing well.

If you’d like to offer to help them rebuild or donate money you can contact the Meadors through their business Facebook page: click here.

A neighbor has also started a Gofundme page where donations can be made.