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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!

Click the icons below for more information about each event!

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.

Pumpkin Toss

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


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

Pumpkinfest 5k

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!

Pumpkin Roll

Take your chance on the winning pumpkin. Thursday before Pumpkinfest - Contact Chamber Office for tickets, Venmo available, need not be present to win $$$

Car Show

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

Cornhole Tournament

Come and compete to win it all

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 the Sunday after Pumpkinfest!

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?

Smoke 'n' Pumpkins

BBQ Competition

Pumpkinfest & Ryan Norlin
Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off


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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