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Seasonal business ready for Fall

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BLACK HAWK COUNTY (KWWL) -

With school back in session, football games on the weekends, and the National Cattle Congress Fair this weekend, it's definitely feeling like Fall.

Many seasonal businesses which focus on Fall aren't even open yet but say they anticipate cooler weather causing more interest for what they do.

Dave Myers owns Heartland Farms in Black Hawk County.

On a windy afternoon, he's checking on his pumpkin patch of about 8 acres with several varieties of pumpkin.

But it's not harvest time yet even though people may be thinking of it later this week.

"This change in weather, this cool where you need a jacket in the morning, gets people to start thinking about Halloween, Fall activities. This will probably hurry it along," said Myers

Most of his pumpkins aren't ready to be picked yet.

There's still some leafy vegetation around them.

Myers says there's still about 10 days before he's open for the Fall and about 2 weeks before everything is ready.

Some pumpkins are already out. As long as you don't pierce the skin, you should be good til Halloween.

"Protect from cuts, gouges, and scrapes on into the flesh, you protect them from freezing and a good sound pumpkin will last a month, sometimes 2 or 3 depends on the varieties," said Myers.

As for how the season has gone, he says this year has gone pretty well despite a wet start to the spring and summer.

Heartland Farms opens for the Fall season on Sept. 26.

Many of the other, similar seasonal businesses open around that weekend or the next weekend.

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