Scarecrow Days bringing in giant pumpkins Oct. 7

       Giant pumpkins will climax Scarecrow Days in Old Colorado City Saturday, Oct. 7.
       About 15 growers from around the state are expected to truck in their sizeable specimens for the second annual competition. Look for them to start appearing in the Old Town Plaza at 25th Street and Colorado Avenue around 10 a.m., with the official weighing to begin at noon and the winner to be announced by 1 or 1:30 p.m.
       The event is sponsored by the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) merchants group. Other events in the public-oriented Scarecrow Days promotion have included the merchants' handmade scarecrow displays (judged Sept. 16) and the Sept. 23 Taste of Old Colorado City.
       Iffy weather hurt the Taste turnout and forced the cancellation of the Art on the Avenue chalk-painting competition that was also scheduled Sept. 23, according to OCCA Executive Director Nancy Stovall. However, she was impressed at how many tasters - who paid for the chance to sample delicacies from 17 Old Town restaurants - did show up. “It was a very good turnout, despite the weather,” she said. “We heard a lot of good comments from people.”
       Proceeds from the event are being donated equally to two Old Colorado City institutions - the Carnegie library and the History Center. Stovall said the amount to be donated is still being determined.
       In last year's first-time-ever Old Colorado City Giant Pumpkin competition, the largest was 701 pounds. This year, the winner could be even bigger, according to Stovall, because the growers requested - and were given - an extra week from the event's original date to nourish their verdant vegetation.
       Also to be announced Oct. 7, at the same time as the pumpkin victors, will be the winners in the Scarecrow Days citizens'-choice scarecrow judging and a coloring contest.

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