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Auburn Community Festival offers a bounty of free fun

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Auburn’s premier pumpkin festival is back — the Auburn Community Festival will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. The highlight of the annual festival held in Auburn is a giant pumpkin weigh-off — we’re talking 1,000-pound monsters trucked in from around Placer County and Northern California. There’s also plenty of food, music, and fun for the whole family. And with $10,000 in prize money, there’s a chance you could go home with some cash! Admission is free. Your imagination is the limit in the costume parade and contest. Dress in your most creative attire and sign up for the parade the day of the festival. Everyone can get in on the fun, too, as there are child, adult, group, and family categories and cash prizes for best costume. Or grab some straw and create an entry for the scarecrow decorating contest. From the artistic to the zany, the scarecrow contest is a popular attraction that gives visitors a chance to vote for their favorite. Five-time Community Festival scarecrow contest winner Kurt Barton was even featured at the “Weird, Wild and Wacky” exhibit at this year’s California State Fair. The competition heats up in the harvest recipe contest. With categories for adults and children, chefs will vie for bragging rights over who makes the best pumpkin pie, butternut squash soup or other autumn dish. There’s still plenty of time to enter these contests. Applications are available online at www.auburnfestival.com. This year’s entertainment is provided by Code Blue, playing covers from The Eagles, Van Morrison and the Doobie Brothers. Auburn’s Recreation Park is the perfect setting for the festival. Visitors can stroll under the aged oaks and stop at dozens of food, craft, and community vendors. So stop by, grab some kettle corn, plop yourself down on a hay bale and enjoy the best fall harvest celebration Auburn has to offer. AUBURN COMMUNITY FESTIVAL What: When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2009 Where: Recreation Park, 123 Recreation Drive (off of Auburn Folsom Road at Racetrack Street and Recreation Drive) in Auburn Cost: Free For more information: auburncommunity festival.com or (530) 885-8461 ~ Staff Report