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Sat 7 Oct

Giant Pumpkinpalooza

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Plants and Zombies will ascend upon Gateway October 7th for the most unique fall family event this year! This event is free and open to the public.

Calling all pumpkin enthusiasts! Bring your gargantuan gourds. We are celebrating all things pumpkin, with many pumpkin related events throughout. The highlight will be gigantic pumpkins – some possibly over 1000 lbs – battling for the 2023 championship and the orange jacket! Did you grow something huge in your garden this year? Bring it to our first annual Gateway weigh off. If not, just bring your families and enjoy the fun. Big prizes await the growers of these massive orange beauties! There will also be extremely tall sunflowers, gigantic watermelons, and other oddly large garden specimens.

Activities include Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Stations, Pumpkin Spice Tasting, Face Painting for the Kids, Pumpkin Pie Eating Contests, Live Music, Fan X Zombie Costume, Contest with Prizes, Zombie Makeup Booth, Thriller Dance Flash Mob, Zombie Photo Booth, and a Special Effects Workshop.

Zombie Walk (12:00 PM – 2:00 PM) Meet at the Gateway fountain area at 12 pm. Face painters and photographers will be available and ready to capture your best cosplay zombie looks. We start the walk at 1 PM and zombie shuffle together down a selected parade route. We return to the fountain area to celebrate and enjoy a live DJ, costume contest, and giant pumpkins.


12pm -2pm   Zombie Walk

2pm -5pm     Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

2:30pm          Kids Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

3pm               Fan X Costume Contests

4pm               Adult Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

5pm               Awards Ceremony

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