Last week, members of the El Dorado High School Alumni Association surprised Becky Walters, owner of Walters’ Pumpkin Patch, when they drove up in a bus to her front door.
Honking all the way up the drive, Dan Demo drove members of the board out to the pumpkin patch to present the EHS Alumni of the Year Award to Becky and Carroll. Carroll was not home, but Becky was overcome at the recognition.
When you think of Walters’ Pumpkin Patch, you probably think of outdoor fun and games, the wonderful gift choices, food, pumpkins to take home and carve and Halloween festivities.
School children get all that, but also get an education on agribusiness.
Each year, hundreds of school children come to enjoy the variety of opportunities, Girl and Boy Scouts plan events and campfires there, and they have a special affinity for special needs children. 4-H groups use the facility for fun outings, for educational projects like photography or club meetings, and it’s also known as a location for team building.
Weddings, class reunions, family reunions and other groups find Walters’ a welcome and fun place to congregate—all enjoying the special touches and hospitality Becky and Carroll offer. Young and old enjoy parts or all of the offerings at Walters’.
Becky started with her agricultural interest with “just a little space” for her pumpkins. That was in 1988, and since that time this couple has turned the family farm into a major tourist destination and local attraction.
Hours and hours of work and planning have gone into building this farm into a major attraction for Butler County.
They have generously shared their success in financial support of causes such as the Children’s Leukemia Society, the Diabetes Society, Sedgwick County Zoo, Botanica, YMCA and many other causes.
These El Dorado High School grads – Becky in ’69 and Carroll in ’63 – are workers and givers. Their business, with around 30,000 visitors a year, contributes to the economic growth of the USD 490 school district and they continue to be educators for agribusiness throughout the region.
The list of awards and recognition for this couple are endless and now they can add one more to that list. A poster with their picture and the announcement of the award was presented to the Walters for the entryway to their new craft building and Becky was quick to point out a location for the plaque.
Those presenting the award were Mary Maloney, president; Demo, president elect; Shirley Patten, secretary; Kathy Martin, treasurer; Jean Plummer, past president; and Kelsey Sundgren, board member. They all agreed El Dorado High School Alumni Association is proud to honor this couple with the EHS 2013 Alumni of the Year Award.