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[PHOTOS] Get a Look at Those Gourds! River Prairie Hosts Ginormous Pumpkin Festival

annual giant pumpkin festival features 2,000+ pound pumpkin

photos by Andrea Paulseth |

Altoona certainly gave locals "pumpkin" to talk about last weekend with the third annual River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival.

This event celebrates the arrival of autumn with thousand-pound gourds lining River Prairie Park, and includes a giant pumpkin weigh-off, 5K run, pumpkin dessert contest, kids pumpkin decorating, and a rubber ducky race.

This year, Caleb Jacobus of Soldiers Grove, Wisconsin, won the title for largest pumpkin with a 2,002-pound gourd he has been growing since April.

Michael Paul of Eau Claire beat the Wisconsin state record for biggest field pumpkin with his ginormous gourd that weighed in at 177 pounds – four pounds heavier than the previous record that was set in 2015. 

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