Rapid City kicks off fall with Pumpkin Fest - KOTA Territory News

Rapid City kicks off fall with Pumpkin Fest


The mild temperatures made for a fantastic day at Rapid City's Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival Saturday.

More than 10,000 people welcomed fall from Main Street Square to Memorial Park.

Unlike in the previous three years, this year the festival was held at the square, and along Sixth Street, instead of Seventh Street.

And this year the event was even larger with a number of new event events, including the dachshund races, the pub crawl, and the chef's challenge.

And of course the most popular and "biggest" event of the day was the great pumpkin weigh - off.

Some of the biggest pumpkins topped the scale at near 1,000 pounds.

Organizers say the festival is a great way to use the downtown space.

"This is a signature event for the Rapid City Downtown Association. And it is an opportunity for us to showcase downtown to both locals and tourists," said Beth Hottel from the Rapid City Downtown Association.

The yearly tradition also involved a live performance from Elvis, as well as hourly showings of "It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" at the Elk's Theater.

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