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Nekoosa celebrates 17th annual Giant Pumpkin Fest

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NEKOOSA (WAOW) -- From pumpkins to crafts, the Nekoosa Pumpkin Festival had a little something for everyone.

"We have all kinds of foods, pumpkin pies, pumpkin cakes," said Jeffery Peters, the festival's board president. "Big pumpkins. Little pumpkins. You name it."

The festival is most known for its giant pumpkins. Peters said the largest pumpkin was 1,625 pounds.

The festival also featured a giant sunflower, a 45-pound cabbage and massive carrots.

Another popular attraction was Steve Dahlke, the giant pumpkin carver. Dahlke says a lot of people are amazed and confused by his work.

"[People] say, is it real? Is it made out of wax? Is it a giant apple?" said Dahlke.

This was Dahlke's 12th year at the Nekoosa festival. He has been carving giant pumpkins since he was a teenager.

Dahlke says carving outside is messy and cold, but seeing people smiling at his work makes the cold worth it.

The Nekoosa Pumpkin Fest celebrates the end of each day with a pumpkin drop. They raise a pumpkin over 100 feet in the air and visitors gather to watch it splatter.

Visitors and organizers both say they're already looking forward to next year.

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