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Anamosa Pumpkinfest & Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off

Welcome to the Pumpkin Capital of Iowa!  

Fun For The Entire Family – Enjoy a true Main Street Festival and be part of the festivities that have drawn thousands to Anamosa since 1989.  Some activities include dozens of food and craft vendors, kids’ games, one of the largest parades in all of Iowa, and of course, GIANT pumpkins!

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GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Weighing GIANT Pumpkins, Watermelons, Bushel Gourds & Long Gourds.

Food & Craft Vendors

Walk down Main Street to find yummy food and fun crafts.

Chili Cook Off

11am - 1pm - contact Anamosa Fareway 319-462-4425

Pumpkin Toss

Do you think you have what it takes to be the winner? Come find out. Starts at 11 am.

Petting Zoo & Kid's Games

Come interact with our furry friends at the petting zoo! Stop by 10 am - 3 pm.

Parade

Get your candy bag and catching skills ready for the Pumpkinfest parade! Starts at 2:15 pm.

Pumpkin Roll

Take your chance on the winning pumpkin. Thursday, 9/30 5pm-6pm - Contact Chamber Office for tickets, Venmo available, need not be present to win $$$

Pumpkinfest Run

Break out your running shoes and grab your friends for a fun 5k!

Pumpkin Carving

Grab your tools and put your artistic skills to the test!

Car Show

New! Come check out all the cars at the car show.

TTT Big Wheel Races

Starts at 11:30 am, Races by Age Groups: 3-4 and 5-6, No advance sign up, Prizes and ribbons, Thank you to Maquoketa Valley REC for the use of their parking lot!

Bowling Tournament

Get ready to lace up your bowling shoes on October 1st. Click the icon for more information!

4 Person Golf Tournament

Get your team together for the tournament on October 3rd!

Escape Room

Combine your team's brain power to solve the clues. You'll have an hour to escape, do you think you'll make it out in time?

Pumpkinfest

History

The first Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-Off was held in Anamosa, Iowa on October 7, 1989 in a parking lot east of town. The competition was started by Tom Norlin, uncle of Ryan, who wished to dedicate the weigh-off to his nephew who had lost his life in a boating accident that June. Tom had been growing big pumpkins for 30 years, and Ryan had enjoyed helping his uncle in the patch.

In 1989 the winning pumpkin topped the scales at 252.8 lbs. and was grown by Bob Ruff of Garnavillo, IA. Since then, the largest pumpkin weighed in Anamosa was 2,114 lbs. It was grown in 2020 by John & Merri Barlow from Gays Mills, WI.

In 1990 the Anamosa Chamber of Commerce organized the Anamosa Pumpkinfest to coincide with the Weigh-Off. It has since become Anamosa’s largest community event!

In 1993 Anamosa was named the Pumpkin Capital of Iowa by the Iowa Legislature. That same year, Tom and other area pumpkin growers organized the Midwest Pumpkin Growers Association which is affiliated with an international organization, the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. 

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Welcome to Anamosa!

The Pumpkin Capital of Iowa and the Ryan Norlin GIANT Pumpkin Weigh-off.

This weigh-off is unique because it is held indoors and is affiliated with the community celebration of Anamosa Pumpkinfest.

The quest of the Ryan Norlin GIANT  Pumpkin Weigh-off is to weigh the largest pumpkin and watermelon and measure the longest gourd IN THE WORLD!!

The FIRST, SECOND, and THIRD place Pumpkins are honored by being on the weigh-off float in the PUMPKINFEST PARADE!!

Come join the fun and fellowship with some of the BEST growers in the country on the FIRST Saturday in October.

~ Greg & Nancy Norlin, daughter Katie Gombert and family