Nekoosa Pumpkin Fest Draws Huge Crowds, Master Pumpkin Carvers

By: Al Knox - Email
By: Al Knox - Email

With Halloween only a few weeks away, many of us will be picking out those prize pumpkins. But in one central Wisconsin community, pumpkins have a special meaning.

Their huge-- literally some of the biggest pumpkins you will ever see. That’s just what pumpkin carver Lee Saberson says he loves about fall. Saberson has been carving pumpkins for more than 20 years. "I enjoy taking the ugly pumpkin and finding what is unique about it and bringing those characteristics out."

Lee has spent his weekend at what he calls the perfect venue to showcase his skills. It was the 15th annual Nekoosa Pumpkin Fest. An event those in the town have grown to love.

Jeff Peters, Vice President of the Nekoosa Pumpkin Fest says the event grows each year. "It is an amazing event. There is something for everybody. "

Whether riding carnival rides, playing games, or just enjoying the interesting scenery, there really is something for kids, and adults.

But, it’s obvious what catches the most attention, the pumpkin drop. It’s the way the festival is brought to a close each year. A more than 1,000 pound pumpkin is dropped from 96 feet in the air.

Vice President, Jeff Peters says, this year’s fest was their biggest ever. He says more than 250 vendors set up shop.

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