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Crete preps for Pumpkin Festival

September 6, 2018
Guests walk through a portion of the annual Pumpkin Festival in Crete. Crete's Pumpkin Festival will return for the fourth year this October.

Crete will host the fourth annual Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 5-7. The three days of events are organized and sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce with multiple community businesses, organizations and volunteers.

“The community has really rallied behind this event and made it happen,” Kayleigh Schadwinkel, Executive Director of the Crete Chamber of Commerce. “With a limited staff we rely on volunteers.

“Planning happens all year for the next event, but it really kicks off in May when we plant pumpkins at Old Mill Park. Russ Sears is a retired gentleman that oversees the planting and care of the pumpkins” said Schadwinkel.

“It is my contribution to the community,” said Sears.

There event also features the Crete Community Garden, where a lot of the gourds and pumpkins are grown.

Friday afternoon is the Pumpkin Blitz on Main Street and then the Swine and Dine Fundraiser for scholarships. Saturday, there is a pumpkin pancake feed, a mayor’s fun run, Doane University’s Homecoming tailgate and football game. Businesses will host a community night where people can go watch the Nebraska football game. There is also a haunted house at Sokol Hall.

“Sunday is really the main event,” said Schadwinkel. “We line Main Street with pumpkins, crafts, a hay-rack ride, a car show, an exotic animal petting zoo and a carnival. This year we have a zip line down Main Street. We have different contests and of course, the pumpkin giveaway. We want to handout around 250 pumpkins, but we would love every child in Crete to have a pumpkin on their porch this fall.

“In the midst of the craziness, we just want to create a place where people can relax and enjoy family and community” said Schadwinkel.

Schadwinkel said that the festival has been highlighted by the Food Network and Midwest Living.

More information can be found at www.cretepumpkinfest.com or by calling 402-826-3126.

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