50th annual Pumpkin Roll set for Knights Ferry

October 28, 2013 

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DARRYL BUSH/dbush@modbee.com Reba Morgan, 80, of Knights Ferry, left, and others begin senior competition for best pumpkin roll at the 46th Annual Pumpkin Roll on Main St. in Knights Ferry, on Sunday, November 1, 2009.

DARRYL BUSH — Modesto Bee

— The 50th annual Pumpkin Roll will be held in historic Knights Ferry on Sunday.

The event always is held on the first Sunday after Halloween. Every year, a pickup load of pumpkins is donated by George Perry and Sons of Manteca, one of the area’s largest growers, Carol Davis told The Bee via email.

Sign-ups start at 11 a.m. in front of the Knights Ferry Community Club. The registration fee is a small donation, Davis said.

First up are the toddlers to 5-year-olds, competing at noon on the tennis court.

The main event, for age 6 and older, begins at 1 p.m. In the event, contestants roll pumpkins bowling-ball-style along Main Street, with the goal of getting them as close as possible to a white painted line about 25 feet away.

The day starts with a pancake breakfast at the International Order of Odd Fellows Hall on Main Street from 8 until noon.

The event also features a holiday craft fair and food for sale, including the Garden Club’s pumpkin roll desserts, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The museum upstairs in Miller’s Hall will be open, as will the ice cream shop. To learn more, call (209) 881-2214 or (209) 881-3217.

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