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Organizers deem Pumpkin Fest a success

by Amanda Fanger

The 14th annual Pumpkin Fest is in the books and organizers are hailing this year’s edition a success.

“It went wonderful!” exclaimed Webster Area Chamber of Commerce secretary Marcia Lefman. “All the feedback I’ve gotten has been positive.”

Mild weather likely played a factor in the favorable turnout, but Lefman says she feels it has more to do with the word getting out about the event.

“I think people are finally starting to realize how nice of an event our Pumpkin Fest is,” she said.

Webster was teeming with people during the second day of the event, Oct. 11, both residents and visitors to the city.

“People came from as far away as San Diego, Duluth, Omaha and Pipestone. There were people from all around the Gettysburg and Harrisburg areas too. The word is starting to get out about how nice of an event this really is.”

While many of those who came to town for the Oct. 10-11 event were staying with family, several Lefman knows for a fact stayed at local hotels, which means the event drew outside dollars into the Webster economy.

Winners of the various contests that were held over the weekend have been announced.
At the Guess the Weight of the Giant Pumpkin contest, guesses ranged from 119 to 20,012 pounds. Actual weight of the giant fruit was 515 pounds. The winner with the closest guess was Bryn Sippel, Pierpont. His best guess was 513 pounds. He won $25 in Chamber Bucks.
There was a two-way split between the top hands of the Poker Run. Of the 33 participants, the $300 prize was split between Adrienne McKeown and Sherry Majeske.

This year was the third annual scarecrow contest and Lefman reported 20 entries. First place winner was Lake Region Electric. CorTrust Bank received honorable mention. The award for the funniest entry went to Chuck and Bondell Aleck; most traditional went to Megan Torrence; Megan Ninke won the most original; and the most creative went to the 4-H Jolly Workers Club.

Winners of the youth coloring contest were as follows – Callie Shoemaker, 1st and Brooke Grajczyk, 2nd in the preschool category; Karlie Sannes, 1st and Bryce Snell, 2nd in the six-year-old category; Tevin Howder, 1st and Kyler Marx, 2nd in the seven-eight-year-old category; and Megan Trayler, 1st and Holly Vogl, 2nd in the nine-11-year-old category.

There were 45 participants in the children’s tractor pull. Winners of the four-five year olds’ category were Jax Baumgarn 1st, Tucker Acree 2nd and Brennan Jordon 3rd. Winners of the six-seven year olds’ categories were Ari Sichmeller 1st, Noah Lauen 2nd and Graham Fosness 3rd. Winners of the eight-nine year olds’ category were Gavin Witt 1st, Gregory Richardson 2nd and Jocelyn Jones 3rd.

Forty entries were reported in the Pumpkin Fest baking contest. First place and honorable mention was awarded in each category. Winners were Laurie Grimes for her cake; Bryan Johnson and Jerrod Shephard for their bread; Charlotte Hoverstadt for her cookies/bars; Brenda Holscher for her miscellaneous entry. Honorable mentions went to Kyla Schuster miscellaneous; Randi Schuster cakes; Chandler Day, Chase Amdahl and Hunter Gaikowski cookies/bars.

There were 74 entries in the lighted night parade. First place for most beautiful float went to Clever Clovers 4-H Club and second went to Sanford Health Webster. First place in most original went to Sandra Raap and second was received by Fiksdal Gifts. Clever Clovers 4-H Club also won first for most pumpkins and second place in that category went to CorTrust Bank.

Fiksdal Funeral Home

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