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Smaller giant pumpkins this year

       Barry Todd had the biggest pumpkin in a down year, winning with a 751-pounder at the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off Oct. 15 at the Old Town Plaza.

Barry Todd, who took the first place cash prize in the annual Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off Oct. 15, poses with his 751-pound vegetable in Old Town Plaza.
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       The seventh annual event had 27 entrants in all, including several in the new “prettiest pumpkin” category, according to Pam Gressett, event organizer for the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group.
       She estimated that up to 400 people dropped by during the roughly five-hour weighing and judging period.
       Todd, a Littleton resident who's been growing pumpkins for 43 years (“Blame it on Mom and Dad,” he said), actually is the state record-holder with a 1,308-pound monster he grew last year. But the mostly rainless heat wave in August stunted pumpkin growth this season, he believes.
       Experiencing a similar loss in size were two past winners - Marc Sawtelle, who won last year with a 1,109-pound behemoth, in second place this year; and Doug Minix, first in 2009 with a 1,000-pounder, in third this time.

Outside the Little Colorado store is one of the entries in the annual Scarecrow Days. He appears to be an alien - though definitely not "illegal" with the sheriff's badge on his hat.
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       Scarecrows arrive
       A total of 39 handmade scarecrows were on display in Old Colorado City by Oct. 15.
       In the annual fall promotion by the Historic District Merchants of Old Colorado City, the scarecrows will be set out daily up through the date of another annual event - the Safe Treats candy giveaway by storekeepers on Halloween, Monday, Oct. 31.
       Fourteen of the scarecrows were selected for prizes by a group of judges Oct. 15. The public will also get to choose their favorites up till Halloween; ballots are available in participating stores.
       New home for Pilates biz
       ReVibe Pilates & Bodywork has just found a new location on the Westside. The four-year-old business, owned by Trish and Ken Stahl, is now at 2150 Spectra Drive in the Midland Heights area, off Pecan Street.
       The site has about 600 more square feet than the previous 2,000-square-foot location on West Vermijo Street. Not only does it allow simultaneous Pilates classes, but there's space to potentially add massage rooms. “We're excited about that,” Trish said.
       Also, with a building that's just three years old, there are additional amenities and energy efficiencies, she said. One new feature is air conditioning.
       The business offerings include Pilates and yoga classes, special equipment and different types of body therapy.
       The phone numbers are 231-6430 and 231-6429. The website is
       Exhibits changing
       “Nudes and Dancers,” the current photography exhibit by Fritz Penning at the Cucuru Gallery Café, will remain up through the end of October.
       On Friday, Nov. 4, the night of the Art Walk, a new exhibit of works by Ellen O'Brien will go on display. O'Brien, who works in a variety of media, has taught at the Fine Arts Center, Bemis School of Art, UCCS and Colorado College.
       Penning is a long-time photographer, world traveller and co-owner of the Penning Photos business.
       Located at 2332 W. Colorado Ave., Cucuru is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Editor's note: If you know any Westside locations not listed here, or you find that any of this information has changed, please let us know at 471-6776.

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