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The Sterling Park District's 22nd annual Pumpkin Dash will be held at Hoover Park on Saturday, October 5.  There are seven age divisions, and each child, from crawlers through age 14, will receive a pumpkin and free bag of candy, a a free hot dog lunch.  There also will be arts and crafts, hayrack rides, horse-drawn wagon rides, barrel rides, a petting zoo, inflatables, tours of a CGH Medical Center ambulance, face-painting and more. Pumpkin photos will be available for $5.  Admission and activities are free, a $1 donation to help defray expenses is appreciated.  Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the races at 11 a.m.

Call the park district at 815-622-6200 or find it on Facebook for more information.  Hoover Park is at 3807 Woodlawn Road, behind Woodlawn Arts Academy, in Sterling.