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Get Your Gourd Ready: Pumpkin Roll Sunday
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A post-Halloween tradition for six decades, all are welcome and encouraged to flock to Knights Ferry on Sunday, Nov. 5 for the annual Pumpkin Roll.

A mostly just-for-fun competition, there are several age divisions. Pumpkins are provided for this event, which sees Main Street in the Ferry shut down for people to take part in the competition.

Contestants engage in the roll off to see who can get their pumpkin closest to the finish line at the other end of the course, while spectators cheer on their favorite pumpkin rollers.

Along with the actual rolling competition, there are several other activities offered during the day as well.

The IOOF monthly pancake breakfast will be served from 8 a.m. until noon at the IOOF Hall on Main Street. Also scheduled for the day are a Yard Sale sponsored by the Knights Ferry History and Museum Associates, set up in the back parking lot of the ice cream parlor and opening at 8 a.m.

“There are over 25 craft dealers who will be selling items in the Community Club House, as well as food,” noted Carol Davis of the Knights Ferry Museum. “There will be newly designed T-shirts this year to celebrate 60 years of fun.”

The Pumpkin Roll began in 1963 so this year marks the 60th anniversary.

“This event is sponsored by the Knights Ferry Community Club,” Davis added.

Participants are asked to make a small donation as their registration fee.

Sign-ups for the Pumpkin Roll begin at 10:45 a.m.; the youngest group, girls and boys from birth up to five-years-old, roll at noon on the tennis courts. The rest of the competitors roll off on Main Street, beginning at 1 p.m.

First up are the Seniors, ages 62 and up; then kids, ages six to 12; teens, ages 13 to 19; men ages 20 to 62; and then the women, ages 20 to 62. The rolling competition typically lasts a few hours, with trophies presented to the individual age/category winners.

The Knights Ferry Garden Club members will have their popular homemade pumpkin rolls available for sale but get there early, as they typically sell out quickly.

The Knights Ferry Museum will be open, upstairs in Miller’s Hall, throughout the day and the ice cream shop and new art gallery will also be open for visitors.

For more information, call 209-881-3217 or 209-402-9831.