As Anamosa’s Pumpkinfest and the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off gets closer, more events and updates have been released by Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director LeeAnna Boone.

For this year, the traditional 5K will not be run, however, there will be an event similar to the Reindeer Run that has been held during Magic on Main. A Pumpkinfest Fun Run/Walk will be untimed and run for fun, with awards going to the top three costumes. Costumes can either be pumpkin-themed or based on the Pumpkinfest’s theme of lockdown.

The run will start at noon at the 300 block of East Main Street, between Wapsi Physical Therapy and Remley, Willems, McQuillen and Voss, L.L.P.

Cost is $15 for those 20 and older and $10 for those 19 and under. Pre-registration is suggested and forms can be found at the Anamosa Pumpkinfest and Weigh-off Facebook page. Registration and payment must be received by Sept. 21 to get a shirt.

The annual Pumpkin Carving Contest will take place outdoors this year. Boone said they are hoping to display them on Main Street. Drop off for the contest is expected to take place Friday, Oct. 2, with a judging period, the morning of Oct. 3, with the public voting for their favorites. Entries will be allowed for a small fee, and prizes will be awarded to the winning designs.

The exact details of the time and place of the drop-off had yet to be finalized.

The reverse parade, which will allow the public to drive by the winners of the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off, will begin at the Lawrence Community Center at 1:30 p.m. Due to COVID-19, the public will not be able to view the weigh-off in the LCC as usual.

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