The theme for this year’s Pumpkinfest is “Save the Pumpkins,” with a design created by Kerrie Robinson.


For the annual Pumpkinfest and parade, the event is looking to honor those that have fought breast cancer.

“Save the Pumpkins” is the theme of the 31st annual Anamosa Pumpkinfest and Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off, held Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, a press release about the theme said. The theme was chosen to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness Month and sets the tone for all things Pumpkinfest.

Katie Gombert said event organizers were looking to do something different with this year’s event.

“We haven’t really done anything in the past like this,” she said.

This year, the Pumpkinfest committee invites all breast cancer fighters, survivors and families to lead the parade as co-grand marshals, which begins at 2:15 p.m. In addition to having those affected by the disease walk in the parade, the former radiologist at the Jones Regional Medical Center, Jill Darrow, was selected as this year’s grand marshal for the parade.

Line up for the parade starts at 11 a.m. on Walworth Avenue.

To participate in the theme, shirts with the theme are available at the Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce office, as well as available for online orders through Sept. 21, with shirts being available for pickup starting Sept. 27. The link for the online store can be found at the “Anamosa Pumpkinfest and Weigh off” Facebook page.

Pink pumpkins are also being sold at select area businesses for $1, with all of the money from the pumpkins sold going toward breast cancer research. Businesses selling the pink pumpkin are designated with one of the pink pumpkin in the window. Businesses interested in selling the pumpkins can contact the Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce (319) 462-4879 or any chamber board members.

Pumpkinfest koozies, button and raffle ticket bundles are available for purchase for $5.

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