Giant pumpkins coming to Old Colorado City Oct. 6

       Old Colorado City merchants will continue expanding on their fall theme with not only an expanded Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off event but (potentially) bigger pumpkins themselves Saturday, Oct. 6.
       Event coordinator Nancy Stovall of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group said she has talked to one local grower with a pumpkin whose weight he estimates (based on measurement calculations) at about 1,100 pounds. Last year's winner, weighed on specially rented scales, was 774, with the state record at 1,009.2 pounds, she said.
       The weighing will begin at 1 p.m. in the Old Town Plaza at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue. Up to 10 area growers have entered one or more pumpkins each of the first two years.
       This year's third annual competition, for which there are cash prizes, will also be open for the first time to squash and lawn gourds.
       Simultaneous new activities will be a carving demonstration, games and crafts for kids and even “pumpkin specials” in some restaurants, Stovall said. Also new will be an evening event - a “Jack o' Lantern Walk” in which Old Town visitors can view pumpkins carved by shopkeepers and placed in front of stores till 8 p.m.
       “It will make it more of a full day,” Stovall said. “All these lanterns out on the avenue will be so cool. And the majority of stores have said they would stay open.”
       The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off climaxes Scarecrow Days, an annual OCCA public/promotional event that focuses on three of four weekends starting in mid- September. Last Saturday's Scarecrow activities, Art on the Avenue (in which artists and musicians performed along the avenue) and Taste of Old Colorado City, went well, according to Stovall. She said about 400 tickets were sold for the Taste in which people could try samples from 20 different food locations in Old Colorado City, with proceeds going to the Old Colorado City Branch Library and History Center.

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