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Great Pumpkin Festival is Oct. 12; Warming house dedication to precede event

Great Pumpkin Festival 2018
Xavier Bethel rolls a pumpkin during the races at the 2018 Great Pumpkin Festival at Gregory Park in Brainerd. Brainerd Dispatch file photo

The 13th annual Great Pumpkin Festival is set for 1-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Gregory Park in Brainerd.

The free family event will feature games and activities for children of all ages, including bouncy ball races, three-legged races, sack races, wheelbarrow races, pumpkin rolling, pie eating contest and pie throwing event.

Horse rides will be provided by Outback Trail Rides for a small fee.

Guests will get the chance to win a pumpkin donated by Outback Trail Rides, too.

Food vendors include the Brainerd Lakes Area Women of Today and cotton candy from Sweet Clouds and Cones.

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Fore more information, call the Brainerd Parks and Recreation Department at 218-828-2320.

Warming house dedication

Prior to the Great Pumpkin Festival, a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new warming house and pavilion at Gregory Park will take place at 12:30 p.m.

The warming house will be dedicated to Mike Padgett, who has taught kids how to skate at Gregory Park for more than 40 years. Padgett is a past world title skiing champion in the Special Olympics.

The new building will consist of a warming house, pavilion, kitchen and Americans with Disabilities Act compliant restrooms.

Anyone interested in reserving the pavilion and kitchen for events should contact the parks and rec department at 218-828-2320.

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