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14th annual Giant Pumpkin Festival in Old Colorado City Oct. 20

A forklift driver transports Marc Sawtelle's pumpkin (which would prove to be the winner) to the scales in Old Colorado City's 2017 Giant Pumpkin weigh-off.
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Oct. 11, 2018
       The 14th annual Giant Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 20 will offer entertainment and activities around Old Colorado City, but the main focus will be on the vast vegetables being placed on the scales by a forklift in the Colorado Square (Jake & Telly's) commercial center at 2616 W. Colorado Ave.
       The time frame is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The sponsor is the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group. Attendance is free.
       According to event coordinator Brittany Bastian, pumpkins from 10 growers were confirmed a week and a half before the weigh-off, “but there could be more the day of the event.”
       The OCCA presents a prize of $300 to the winner. Second place gets $200 and third place $100.
       Weights of more than 1,000 pounds are typical, with entries being driven in from different parts of the state. Last year's winner by area grower Marc Sawtelle weighed 1,304 pounds. The largest ever in Old Colorado City was 1,338, in 2015.
       Also scheduled during the festival:
       - Activities (including a Halloween-themed scavenger hunt and mini-pumpkin decorating) at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave.
       - Bands performing in the commercial parking lot at Colorado Avenue and 27th Street.
       - The Witcheroos (dancers dressed like witches) performing in the Old Town Plaza parking lot. Also in the lot is planned a “kids zone,” with face painting, balloon artists and games.
       - A “pumpkin patch” in the public parking lot in the 2600 block.
       - Judging of merchant entries in the OCCA's annual competition for best handmade scarecrows.
       - Vendors in both the Colorado Square and Old Town Plaza parking lots.

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