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Giant pumpkin piñata pleases crowd at pumpkin plunge

It may have been cold and snowy, but that didn’t stop Fort Nelson’s fourth annual Pumpkin Plunge Nov. 1 from being a successful, fun day for the kids.
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Fort Nelson firefighters examine and clean up the aftermath of the town's Pumpkin Plunge on Nov. 1.

It may have been cold and snowy, but that didn’t stop Fort Nelson’s fourth annual Pumpkin Plunge Nov. 1 from being a successful, fun day for the kids.

Art Fraser Park was filled with 100 or so children and their parents eager to have their Halloween pumpkins dropped from a fire truck ladder 70 feet in the air to a target below.

Each pumpkin was numbered, and those that splattered closest to the target won prizes. Coffee and tea were on hand to help participants keep warm.

The Fort Nelson Fire Department hosted the event with the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality’s sustainability and solid waste management reduction co-ordinator, Jacquie Biblow.

“It was cold but it was kind of a fun event,” said Fire Chief Gord McCleary.

“The highlight of the day was... we had one giant pumpkin I guess that one of our (firefighter’s) family had won, and so (Biblow) stuffed it full of candies and stuff, and they dropped that, so we called it the pumpkin piñata. That was pretty cool,” McCleary said.

Local vermicompost farmer Wilf Hoath collected the smashed pumpkins for compost.

In addition to the pumpkin plunge, there was a firefighters’ open house at the park, where kids could get a close look at some of the department’s fire trucks.

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