Giant pumpkins a big part of OCCA event Oct. 18
A competition for the heaviest pumpkin, the event will be part of a multi-activity day that the sponsoring entity, the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group, is calling a “Giant Festival.”
Also scheduled are a pumpkin-carving demonstration at the Colorado Square (on the north side of the 2600 block of the avenue) and kids' games in the courtyard outside Lorig's (on the south side of the 2600 block).
As for the pumpkins, 30 or so usually get trucked in by private growers from around the state, and they will be on display in the closed-off Old Town Plaza parking lot. Over the years, the winning weight has exceeded 1,000 pounds multiple times, and a forklift is required to place each pumpkin on a large weighing scale. Cash prizes go to first, second and third.
The “Giant” day is part of Scarecrow Days, another tradition in Old Colorado City, in which participating merchants make scarecrows and put them outside their businesses during October. They are also competing for cash prizes, with chances for the public to pick their favorites all month and to face “celebrity” judging Oct. 18.
For more information, go to the OCCA website: shopoldcoloradocity.com.
Westside Pioneer/press release