It started 27 years ago on the Wally and Ida Beutler farm but it grew so fast that it soon became a city-sponsored event held annually at Elkridge Park. The 27th annual North Logan Pumpkin opens Thursday, Oct. 21 and continues through Saturday, Oct. 23 then again Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 25-26, next week at Elkridge Park, 1050 East 2500 North. The hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Committee member Gina Worthen says last year more than 50,000 people attended the popular event. This year, the theme is The Magic of Animation and on KVNU’s Crosstalk show Tuesday, Worthen said volunteers are carving pumpkins and creating 40 different “awesome” scenes. “We’ve got lots of Disney,” Worthen explained, “like the Lion King, Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, the Princess and the Frog, Whinnie the Pooh, Alice in Wonderland, Sponge Bob for all those Sponge Bob fans out there, How to Train Your Dragon, Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Looney Tunes, Peter Pan, Popeye, and my team is doing Dr. Seuss.” Worthen says there are several new features this year, including the first annual largest pumpkin contest. She says these large pumpkins will be displayed at the Pumpkin Walk. The winner gets bragging rights this year and they are hoping for prizes next year. “Also in the last couple weeks, so this has already happened, the city wanted to build up to the Pumpkin Walk so the parks department put on a fun run,” Worthen continued. “So we have the Pumpkin Walk and now the Pumpkin Run. “And then they also did a three-on-three soccer tournament which was called the Pumpkin Smash. Both of those were really successful. They had about 150 people participate in each, which is great for a first year. They plan on doing it again next year.” She says hundreds of volunteers are carving up about 1500 pumpkins for all of the scenes. Admission is free and attendees can park at the Greenville Elementary School to take the free Pumpkin Walk shuttle provided by the Cache Valley Transit District to Elkridge Park.
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