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10/24/2012 10:42:00 AM
First Pumpkin Chunkin contest Saturday at Mortimer Family Farms
Itís the last weekend for the corn maze at Mortimer Farms, although the maze will be open on Halloween.
Itís the last weekend for the corn maze at Mortimer Farms, although the maze

will be open on Halloween.

Sue Tone

Twelve catapults, trebuchets and air cannons are set to fire off 8-lb. pumpkins at 10 a.m. Saturday morning at the first annual Pumpkin Chunkin Contest at Mortimer Family Farm at the corner of Highways 69 and 169 in Dewey-Humboldt.

The final weekend event of the Farm's Pumpkin Festival includes the new contest, with first prize in three events - farthest distance, most accurate, and best design - donated by SWS Management Company, a suite for the night at a Sundogs hockey game.

It is also the final weekend for the Corn Maze - with a twist added to Friday, Saturday, Sunday and next Wednesday nights. From 6:30-10 p.m. a special section of the maze will be "historically haunted" with local historical characters making an appearance and talking about their lives from days past.

The festival will be open on Halloween, Oct. 31, from 5-10 p.m. with pumpkins, Corn Maze, activities and food vendors available.

Co-owner Sharla Mortimer said the farm has hosted 25,000-30,000 people each weekend in October, which is quadruple the number from last year's festival.

"The community support and participation has been fantastic. We have a great selection of pumpkins left - from ones 18-20 inches across to the little bitty fist size," she said.

For more information visit www.mortimerfamilyfarms.com.

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