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Shueyville Pumpkin Fest supports local charity

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The fifth-annual charity Pumpkin Fest took place in Shueyville Sunday at Chalupsky Landscaping.

Eastern Iowa families were able to spend the day outdoors with hay rides, a pumpkin patch, and face painting.

According to Lori Cannon, one of the organizers behind Pumpkin Fest, the day is all about the kids.

"It's just to see their excitement and the awe on their face," Cannon said. "When they're carrying that pumpkin back up on that hayrack ride and they're just so proud and so happy."

The event is sponsored by Cannon's parents, who own Chalupsky Landscaping. The family will donate all proceeds from this year's Pumpkin Fest to Tanager Place, a Cedar Rapids children's mental health facility.

According to Cannon, the whole community has gotten behind the event in recent years.

"This was a small creation and we didn't understand how big it was going to get," she said. "We also didn't understand how many local businesses in the Shueyville area wanted to help."

Shuey's, a local restaurant, grilled up free hot dogs and an area movie theater provided popcorn and beverages.

The fire department was also at the event to let kids explore a fire truck and get their picture taken.

A hayrack ride transported families to see Stanley the Scarecrow, who guards the Chalupsky's pumpkin patch. Stanley helped kids pick out their very own pumpkin which they could then paint and take home with them.

Cannon said that the event has proven to her how closely knit members of the Shueyville area are.

"A lot of people think maybe things are changing in the world and people are becoming more isolated," Cannon said. "But I will say that Pumpkin Fest proves otherwise: We're still connected and we're still community."

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