Despite rumors, Miss Heather’s Pumpkin Patch was not closed down this weekend.
According to the fire marshal’s office, the only complaint the agri-tourism business has received was on Oct. 3 and a deputy visited on Oct. 6 based on that complaint.
“At the time the visit occurred, the deputy indicated the business was in compliance including all necessary signage indicating intent to comply as much as possible,” said Ashley Rodrigue, spokesperson for the state fire marshal’s office. “So as far as I can tell, none of the three agencies that operate via the OpenSafely system took any action or even visited this business over the weekend.”
Trey Hughes, husband of Heather Hughes, confirmed Monday that the 25-year-old business did not close Saturday. He said deputies averted traffic to try to clear the line of people coming in and out because the line had gotten so long.
“We’re doing everything the parish wants us to do,” Hughes said.
He acknowledged a lot of people were at the site over the weekend but could not confirm just how many were in attendance Saturday.
People are spread out as they visit the attractions on the 75-acre farm, he said.
The traffic leaving the parking area is slowed down for the safety of children, he said.
“It’s a little inconvenience, but we’re working on things trying to do a little more on it,” Hughes said.
State Fire Marshal Chief Butch Browning said, “The businesses of Louisiana are doing great, overall, with doing their part to meet the standards set to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. But it is a constant effort and customers need to help these businesses by following the standards the businesses are expected to maintain.”
“These are simple – wear face coverings, maintain six feet of distance from others not from your household, avoid large gatherings and practice frequent, personal hygiene,” he added. “Some businesses do have additional mitigation measures to maintain, including all customers remaining seated at events and bars having set sales and closing times, and it’s important to be aware of what to expect when you plan to visit certain business types. But if we can all do our part to make these simple actions everyday habits, we’ll all be successful in keeping COVID-19 from spreading.”