Ida Beutler could not have known it would grow like this when she set up a few scarecrow figures in her pasture back in 1984.That was the start of the North Logan Pumpkin Walk 25 years ago. It returns for five days at the end of the month (Oct. 22-24 and 26-27).Michelle Weaver, the Pumpkin Walk’s event coordinator, said it has become a community and a family event.”We definitely do have a lot of student groups coming through,” she said, “busses come from even up into Preston, bringing their school children down. Parents will get as much joy coming, and walking through, as their children do.”This year’s theme is, “And Now, a Word From Our Sponsors”.Weaver said that means lots of commercials from the past, and the present, will be represented in different scenes.”We’re going to have a visit from the California Raisins,” she said, “and from the Rice Krispie bunch. We will even have a scene about the cavemen in the Geico commercial.”There is a Pumpkin Walk committee of about 25 volunteers, but sometimes we’ll get a display that’s a surprise. There is a scene committee and they are in charge of getting volunteers to do all the scenes. This year we have about 40 scenes that make up the Pumpkin Walk.”Weaver said it used to be that only grown-ups did the scenes.”Now we have a lot of families involved, the whole family paints pumpkins. This year we have a young gal, she’s 12 or 13, doing a scene all by herself.”In 1991 North Logan City leaders lent support to the Pumpkin Walk and it was moved to its’ current location at Elk Ridge Park (1050 East, 2500 North). As it grew larger each year parking was expanded and now the Cache Valley Transit District provides busing for those who park at the nearby Greenville Elementary School.The walk is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it is free. It is wheelchair accessible.
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