Anamosa Hosting Annual Pumpkinfest

For the past thirty years, people have been bringing their giant pumpkins to Anamosa.

This Saturday is the Anamosa Pumpkinfest and Ryan Norlin Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off. And Katie Gombert says the pumpkin weigh-off – which started in memory of her brother – kicked it all off.

Garnavillo resident Bob Ruff was the first winner back in 1989 with a pumpkin that weighed 252 pounds… and the winning pumpkins have gradually gotten much bigger over the years.

And it’s not just pumpkins – there are several categories you can enter for your chance at winning a cash prize.

Over 11-thousand dollars in prizes are given away in the Ryan Norlin Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off. You can enter or check it all out this Saturday from 8 to noon at the Lawrence Community Center for a two-dollar admission.

And while the giant pumpkins are the main draw, fellow committee member Angela Winekauf there are also lots of Pumpkinfest activities taking place on Main Street throughout the day Saturday.

This year’s theme is “Save the Pumpkins” in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You can find more information about Anamosa Pumpkinfest online at or by calling 319-462-4879.


photos courtesy of Anamosa Area Chamber of Commerce