Rain forecast cancels Old Town Auburn giant pumpkin drop on Saturday

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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Rain will keep the skies from raining giant pumpkins in Old Town Auburn on Saturday. Linda Robinson, Old Town Auburn Business Association president, said Thursday that with rain in the forecast and a need to make arrangements several days prior to the drop, the event has unfortunately been canceled. An inaugural giant pumpkin drop took place last year in Old Town at Halloween, with a 1,200-pound-plus behemoth plummeting from a crane and nearly 900 people looking on. This time around, organizers had secured two pumpkins in the 800-pound range but a forecast that calls for rain led event sponsor the Old Town retailer group to call it off, Robinson said. Dave Rosenthal, an early advocate of the drop and KAHI 950 “Afternoon Report” host, said that Auburn may still have objects falling from on high – but at a revival of a popular paper “turkey drop” that could occur in the city next month. “Two large pumpkins are happy about the change in events,” Rosenthal said. “But what they don’t know is that pie is still an option.” Ross Carpenter, of the Gold Country Medical History Museum, said that Old Town visitors on Saturday will still be able to enjoy a special event at the 219 Maple Street museum initially scheduled to follow the now-canceled 4 p.m. pumpkin drop. The 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Halloween open house on Saturday will go on as scheduled, Carpenter said. The event includes a chance to pose for pictures with a genuine skeleton, interaction with actors playing injured hospital patients and demonstrations of early 1900’s medical quackery devices.