Annual pumpkin contest is canceled for lack of entries; growers blame harsh summer

GREENFIELD — Those hoping to catch a glimpse of a “Great Pumpkin” at this year’s Riley Festival will have to wait until next year, just like Linus.

The annual largest-pumpkin contest was canceled this year. The heat and drought of the summer claimed the lives of giant pumpkins around the state, and local growers say their crop was no exception.

The pumpkins, which weigh hundreds of pounds, adorn the Hancock County Courthouse lawn every year at the Riley Festival. Cash prizes are given, but Jerry Bolding, chair of the contest, said nobody entered it this year.

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