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Hartsburg's 19th Annual Pumpkin Festival to be held this weekend

Thursday, October 7, 2010 | 10:41 p.m. CDT; updated 10:20 a.m. CDT, Friday, October 8, 2010
Lydia Casey plays among the pumpkins while her mom, Jessica Casey, of Ashland, snaps a photo at Hackman Farms in Hartsburg on Thursday. Jessica and Lydia are in town to visit Lydia's grandmother and to attend this weekend's annual Pumpkin Festival, which is in its 19th year.
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COLUMBIA – The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The festival is free to the public.

According to the festival's website, it will feature arts, crafts, music and family activities. 

Jo Hackman, a member of the festival's board of directors, said this year's pumpkin crop was hurt by excessive rain. Despite this, the festival's website says tens of thousands of pumpkins will be on sale.

Hartsburg is Missouri's self-described pumpkin patch.

 

Jeri Mertensmeyer, of Hartsburg, measures off the boundaries of one of the vendor booths in preparation of 19th annual Pumpkin Festival in Hartsburg on Thursday. Mertensmeyer, a member of the festival's Board of Directors, had been out since 8:00 a.m. with other members measuring out the spaces.
Boxes of gourds sit outside at Hackman Farms in Hartsburg on Thursday. The gourds will be sold over the weekend during Hartsburg's 19th annual Pumpkin Festival. Jo Hackman, a member of the festival's Board of Directors, said that the year's pumpkin crop was hurt by all the rain, as standing water causes pumpkins to rot.
Shawn McCollom unrolls the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival banner in preparation to hang it over 2nd Street in Hartsburg on Thursday. McCollom had the help of Jason Thomas, but said that it should be a three person job. McCollom said that he and Thomas have been putting up the banner for the last four to five years.

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