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Rock River Pumpkin Festival back for another year

EDGERTON — Southwest Minnesota Christian High School will host the Seventh Annual Rock River Pumpkin Festival Saturday.

Denise DeKam, a pumpkin festival committee member, said the festival has been growing in size and popularity over the past seven years.

“We keep adding variety each year to give people something to look forward to,” Dekam said. “... Take in the day and come enjoy the fall weather.”

The 5K Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk will kick off the festival at 9 a.m.

Numerous contests, including a pumpkin and apple dessert contest, a pumpkin derby race, a pumpkin pie eating contest and a pumpkin launching contest will fill the day with friendly competition.

“The pie eating contest is new this year,” DeKam said. “People can register that day if they want to partake in it. Hopefully we’ll have some takers and it should be good for some laughs.”

Also new this year is paintball from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. that individuals can register for.

A hayride will be available to bring festival goers to the local pumpkin patch and the corn maze.

DeKam said the event is perfect for the whole family, and wristbands are available that cover most of the activities. No wristband is required for the vendor fair or the food stand.

“There are food vendors and lots of activities,” she said. “... It’s all reasonably priced, so you don’t have to break the bank to have an enjoyable day.”

A schedule of events follows:

9 a.m.: Pumpkin Fun Run/Walk

11 a.m.: Amazing Pumpkin Race

11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: Food stands open

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Carnival games, vendor fair, petting zoo, hayrides, corn maze, horse rides, paintball game and more

1 p.m.: Pumpkin or apple dessert contest (entries submitted by noon)

2 p.m.: Pumpkin derby race

3 p.m.: Fastest pumpkin pie eater contest

4 p.m.: Pumpkin launching contest

5 p.m.: Festival ends

Kristin Kirtz
Kristin Kirtz is the Worthington City and School Board  reporter for the Daily Globe. Originally from Olivia, Minn. Kirtz enjoys the small town living of Worthington. She attended college at Minnesota State University Moorhead and graduated with a degree in Mass Communication with an emphasis in Multimedia Journalism. Kirtz landed her first newspaper job at the Hillsboro Banner in Hillsboro, N.D. where she worked as an ad manager and reporter for the weekly newspaper. In her spare time she enjoys hanging out with her husband, visiting friends and family, watching way too much TV and when able, taking the time off to do some traveling. 
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