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Smashing pumpkins set for Old Town Auburn Halloween Eve drop

By: Gus Thomson, Journal Staff Writer
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It’s the Great Pumpkin Drop, Charlie Brown. And if things go as planned, Placer County’s biggest pumpkin ever – weighing in at 1,149 pounds – will rise “out of the pumpkin patch” via crane and then plummet to earth Oct. 30 in the middle of Old Town Auburn. Auburn’s KAHI 950 radio station and the Old Town Business Association are cooking up the inaugural Halloween Eve pumpkin drop, dovetailing it into the rustic commercial district’s annual safe trick or treat event for children. Dave Rosenthal, KAHI afternoon personality, said Tuesday that plans are to drop the record-setting pumpkin from Saturday’s Auburn Community Festival at about 4:30 p.m. and send two other relatively small pumpkins – 340- and 245-pounders – crashing to the pavement as well. At least one will be filled with candies for trick or treaters to scramble for. Linda Robinson, of the Old Town Business Association, is starting the permit process and some streets will be closed temporarily while the Great Pumpkin Drop takes place. “It’s going to be fun and it’s going to be safe,” Robinson said. “And it’s going to be really something.”