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The 21st Annual Great Pumpkin Dash Cross Country Festival at Hoover Park in Sterling is on September 29. Children are grouped by age and run dashes of various lengths throughout the day. The winner receives a larger pumpkin but the first 1600 finishers will receive a smaller pumpkin from Selmi's Pumpkin Patch.

In addition to the pumpkin, runners receive a coupon for a free lunch at the Sterling Optimist Club food tent and a bag of candy. There are many other activities the whole family can enjoy: Miller's Petting Zoo, Bouncy Houses, Hayrack Wagon rides; Barrel Rides, and many more! On-site registration begins at 9:00am The first race begins at 11:00am. No advance registration required. $1 per person free will donation. Sponsored by CGH Medical Center, Peter Harkness Auto Group and the Sterling Park District.

Hoover Park is at 3807 Woodlawn Road in Sterling. For more information, please visit