The 8th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival a Massive Success

 

The 8th Annual Downtown Pumpkin Festival in Rapid City, South Dakota, September 24, 2016
All Images: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

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A young Pumpkin Festival fan poses for a photo and gives it her best “Say Cheese Smile” Saturday morning September 24, 2016 in Rapid City at the 8th Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival at Main St. Square and 6th street. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Thousands of people attend the 8th Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival at Main St. Square and 6th street in Rapid City Saturday morning September 24, 2016 Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A pumpkin vendor makes change after a sale at the 8th Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival at Main St. Square and 6th street in Rapid City Saturday morning September 24, 2016 Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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A forklift operator prepares to load a “contender” pumpkin on a scale for an accurate weight in the giant pumpkin weigh-off held in the parking lot of Rapid City Hall Saturday morning September 24, as part of the 8th Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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Mike Modrick and Rachel Ryan (KOTA Territory News) keep the pumpkin weigh-off crowd informed and amused in the parking lot of Rapid City Hall Saturday morning September 24, at the 8th Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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First Place Winner of the pumpkin weigh-off (1291 lbs) Kevin Marsh and his daughter Autumn winner of the largest (157 lbs ) watermelon. Kevin who is a mailman in his hometown of Parker, SD has been entering pumpkin contest for 14 years and said ” I just love this kind of stuff”.┬áRapid City Hall Saturday morning September 24, at the 8th Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

 

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Rapid City resident Bill McElroy, holds the award for the “Ugliest Pumpkin”at┬áRapid City Hall parking lot pumpkin weigh-in Saturday morning September 24, at the 8th Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival 2016. Bill said ” I plant in May, just throw in the seeds and see what happens, this year a deer got into the garden and busted up my biggest pumpkin”. This is Bill’s second attempt at the weight-off. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press

 

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