What was once a little boy's hobby has become a full-time business for us, Jeff and Maria Bledsoe and family of Blair, Nebraska. Now in our ninth year, we’ve been blessed to have shared this venture as a family, and we’re so thankful for people like you - both newcomers and those who have made Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch a tradition of your own. As a family-oriented, homegrown project, Skinny Bones aims to create memorable experiences. Our staff and family hope that you arrive feeling welcomed by us, and that you leave glowing with the fun of your adventures and the Skinny Bones brand of contagious happiness.
The idea for Skinny Bones Pumpkin Patch began with Jeff. As a boy growing up in LaVista, Nebraska, he planted pumpkins in his parents' backyard every year, always so proud of the largest pumpkin in each patch.
After purchasing some land off of highway 133 for a rental property, Jeff joked that one day it would become a pumpkin patch. Maria would laugh, logically thinking, but not surprised when he set up his old pick-up truck at the end of the driveway, pumpkins a plenty and kids at hand, helping wave down cars.
With this being our 9th year, we are enthralled and so thankful to welcome families in every season, and to continue it as a new tradition your family has. We are a family-oriented, home grown business, and we hope you leave feeling welcomed by ours.
Jeff, being the visionary of the business, is the true kid at heart. Running his own auto repair shop during the day allows him to use his mechanical skills and his artistic side at night. All of the attractions on the farm were built by Jeff, and many of them hold a special significance. The windmill was one of Maria's birthday present, and the stage was for Courtney’s wedding. Jeff is truly a genius and this is evident when viewing his mastermind creations. One of his most notable is the Skinny Bones Express. This is an old fashioned replica of a stage coach that is four wheel drive. No horses needed... just horse power. This is available for private bookings and is a sure crowd pleaser.
Maria is always on the go, and she wouldn't have it any other way. Naturally she loves running, and has learned to balance it all through years of chasing her five children. She works on the business end and loves interacting with customers, friends, and people in general. She is in charge of all of the purchasing, scheduling, and hiring. On a rare occasion, one can see Maria resting in the kitchen eating yummy salsa and chips.
Courtney is the oldest of the five Bledsoe children. She happily married Kyle Baird in the summer of 2014, on the property of Skinny Bones itself. Courtney has always carried a natural leadership role in the family, and takes after her dad with being visionary, and putting it to the ground. Even while living in Texas, both her and Kyle still participate in the growth Skinny Bones has endeavored. Courtney is in charge of our marketing department, while Kyle uses his engineering skills for future layouts and design. When not dreaming up plans, the two are usually exploring a new theme park.
Miranda will be working full time for us this season and took on the title as our visual display manager. Spending 3 years in full time mission work, she has a love for helping others, and making a difference. Using her background in traveling and living in New York, she desires to bring a unique experience to anyone coming to Skinny Bones. She will be photographing moments this fall, and will be helping wherever needed. When not at the patch this fall, she may be running or on a new spontaneous adventure.
Haley, and Josiah Dallmann both live and work in Lincoln, Nebraska. Newly weds who met in college and share the love of Jesus, plants and animals. With Haley's animal science degree and and Josiah’s agronomy degree, we found it fitting to name our petting zoo after Haley: Haley Boo's Petting Zoo. Both have helped out tremendously with knowledge of planting and maintaing our pumpkins. When not loving on plants, Haley and Josiah can probably be seen playing with their two dogs: Nelly and Rye.
Emily is a senior at the University of Lincoln, where she is pursuing a degree in Business Management. She is active in the Engler Entrepreneurship program at UNL and she has started her own business, Emily Ann Lettering. Over the summers, Emily has worked full time to prepare our business for the fall. She isn't afraid to pick up a power tool, drive our tractor, or help construct our corn maze. She is a hard worker, and takes after her mom with loving to interact with others.
Jared, our youngest and only boy, is a senior at Blair High School. He is a wizard on the computer and has taken up the skill of coding and created this website! We named our corn maze after him (JJ's corn maze) and he knows the maze better than anyone. Jared skillfully designed the Nerf Gun War Zone when he was eleven years old and and continues to help his Dad with new attractions. In his spare time he and enjoys competing and racing his drone. He takes all of our aerial photography and videos.
This is our ninth year of running Skinny Bones and it has been a true adventure. We have watched our children grow and gain priceless experiences through Nebraska’s agriculture. We strive to maintain good ole fashion fun for our future generations, and continually add new and exciting attractions. We thank you for your priceless memories and hope to see you all this Fall!
- The Bledsoe family