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Pumpkin madness hits KOTA Territory


It's prime pumpkin picking time! "Everybody wants something different," said Canyon Lake United Methodist Church volunteer Sharon Wilson.

The church brought in a semi load to sell in Rapid City. "2,496 big pumpkins," said Wilson.

So many it can be hard to find the perfect one, but everybody has their own method. "Some of them will bring their design with them and they'll lay it on every pumpkin, some of them like the pumpkins that have the bumps, some people buy a great big pumpkin and they clean it out and they put their little child in it to take their picture," said Wilson.

This pumpkin patch at the church is open from noon till dusk; so if you're more of an early riser you might want to check out the farmers market at Founders Park. "We started selling pumpkins on the middle of September, we'll sell a few and then of course in October, middle of October they start selling very quickly," said Spearfish Valley Produce Market Manager April Yenglin.

She says Spearfish Valley Market Produce has about 7,000 pumpkins this year and they will probably sell every last one. "It's very fun because the kids get to pick them out, and pumpkins are really fun to sell," said Yenglin.

"Everybody has their own idea of what the ideal pumpkin is; some of them like the tall skinny ones some of them like the big round ones and some of them like the short square ones," said farmer Ben Schamber.

Even he has an opinion about the perfect pumpkin. "Perfect pumpkins probably one that weighs about 25 pounds, nice and round I don't really like the real tall ones," said Schamber.

So how and where can you find the perfect pumpkin in Rapid City? Probably just about anywhere. Just pick a patch and follow your gut.


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