After several days of rain, families were only too happy to get out of the house and attend the Great Pumpkin Festival Saturday at Gregory Park.
Children and adults gathered for an afternoon of fun fall activities.
Bodie Brooks of Brainerd (left) came up for air while Simon Roiger of Apple Valley pushed on in an effort to win the pie eating contest Saturday. The pie eating contest was the final event in the Great Pumpkin Festival held at Gregory Park in Brainerd. The flavor of the pie? Pumpkin, of course. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
About 50 pumpkins donated by Wal-Mart were given away throughout the event. Some were carved at the park with tools provided, while others took their pumpkins home for later.
A different race (Three-Legged, Wheelbarrow, Sack, Pumpkin Rolling) or contest (Bobbing for Apples, Pie Eating, Pie Throwing, Pumpkin Seed Spitting) started every half hour. Other activities, such as face painting, spooky stories, drawing and balloon animals, went on throughout the afternoon.
The official attendance total, according to Tony Sailer from the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department, was "oodles". The slightly less official, but far more accurate, estimate of those in attendance was 500 to 600 people. This was the first such festival of its kind and those in charge say they plan on this being an annual event.
Cheyenne Swenson (right) and her partner Wendy Rickard ran past their competitors in the three-legged races during the Great Pumpkin Festival. The two went on to the final round and won that as well. Brainerd Dispatch/Kelly Humphrey » Purchase reprints of this photo.
The event was sponsored by Brainerd Parks and Recreation and the Brainerd Kiwanis Club. The Crossing Arts Alliance sponsored the Arts and Crafts while assistance during the event was provided by the CLC Basketball Team.
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