A series of updates were announced about the upcoming schedule for Anamosa’s annual Pumpkinfest and the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off.
The theme for the event is Lockdown 2020.
“We wanted something that would fit with this year but was still kind of fun,” Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director LeeAnna Boone said.
Shirts will be available for sale but online only. Buttons can also be ordered online with a very limited amount available on site. The links for the online orders can be found on the event’s Facebook page, Anamosa Pumpkinfest and Weigh off.
Though the hope had been to still allow the public into the Lawrence Community Center for the annual weigh off, that will not be possible. Plans are in the work to try to set up a “reverse parade” so the public would be able to drive by and see the pumpkins. Details will be announced at a later date.
On the event’s Facebook page, it was also announced that they are offering the opportunity to sponsor a hole at their annual golf outing, which will be taking place on Oct. 4 at Wapsipinicon Country Club. The move will help offset some of the revenue that will not be coming in from events that have been canceled for this year that usually help generate prize money for the growers.
Sponsorships cost $50 and can be mailed to Anamosa Pumpkinfest 213 E. Main Street, Anamosa, IA 52205. Included with the sponsorships is a display sign in front of the Lawrence Community Center and a shout out on Facebook. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or call 462-4879.
Changes are coming to the Pumpkin Roll as well. The event will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., instead of the usual Wednesday. The amount of tickets available this year is being doubled from 100 to 200 and instead of one prize, three will be awarded. First place pumpkin will still get $500, second place $100 and third place $50. Pumpkin Roll tickets will be available soon at the following locations: Citizens Bank, Fidelity Bank, F&M Bank and the Chamber Office or from any Pumpkinfest committee member.
Boone said the committee is meeting weekly to try to figure out what sort of activities can be held this year. More announcements are expected soon.