Folks flocked to Christianson’s Pumpkin Festival


September 22, 2021

RECORD WEIGHT ZUCCHINI OLYMPIA GROWN – Christianson’s annual pumpkin festival brought Cindy Tobeck, from Olympia, and other out-of-valley competitors. Tobeck took multiple wins: the largest zucchini, largest field pumpkin, second for giant pumpkin and second largest watermelon. The zucchini is a new national record holder. – Photo by Sarah Walls

After the wind storm Friday night, John Christianson, owner of Christianson’s Nursery, wasn’t sure about the attendance at the next day’s annual Pumpkin Festival. After he spent all morning standing up plants and saving uprooted dahlias, Christianson found the large crowd “a bit of a surprise.” He said, comparing the day to 2019’s turnout, it was as good as they could expect, especially considering the days’ forecast was for rain. But the overcast broke around noon, with bright blue sky and white clouds all afternoon

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