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Piling in for pumpkins

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JAYME WARNER

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Times Correspondent

Fall’s iconic squash took the spotlight in Havana as people piled into the downtown area for the 14th annual Pumpkin Festival.

“This was my first time attending the festival, and I can definitely say I will be back next year,” said Tallahassee resident Brandie Scott. “It’s an event that your whole family could enjoy.”

The festival sponsors were Havana Merchant’s Association, Gadsden County Tourist Development Council and the town of Havana. The proceeds from the festival are donated to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and the Relay for Life organization. 

“The food was awesome, and there’s many things to choose from to do,” said Iesha Young, who is a part of the Havana community. “My kids loved the doggie costume contest and, of course, the face painting.”

The festival kicked off Saturday morning with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast. 

The day included many activities such as pony rides, an obstacle course, train rides, hay rides, a bull ride and more. 

There was also a pumpkin patch filled with pumpkins both big and small. 

Both children and adults were decorating the pumpkins and making them their own. 

This all-day event ended with live music and dancing in the streets.