5th annual River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival held in Altoona

Published: Sep. 23, 2023 at 3:48 PM CDT
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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - A festival based on a fall tradition in Altoona has been going on for 5 years now, and it definitely gives the city pumpkin to talk about!

The River Prairie Ginormous Pumpkin Festival kicked off Saturday morning and included a variety of different activities for all ages, like pumpkin and dog costume contests, food, music, and more.

Organizer, Shannon Engel, said this festival is based around their abnormally large gourds, and they hope to break some records this year.

“The river prairie ginormous pumpkin fest. We have pumpkins ranging anywhere from 40 to over 2,000 pounds. Some today weighed around 2,500 pounds. The Wisconsin state record is 2,283 pounds. The world record is 2,702 pounds,” Engel said.

Engel said the crowd was also ginormous at this year’s festival.