Introducing the River Prairie Giant Pumpkin Festival!

Presented by Asher Lasting Exteriors

CELEBRATING GIANT PUMPKINS AND THEIR GROWERS! The 2019 River Prairie Giant Pumpkin Festival will usher in the fall season to the Chippewa Valley!


This event will take place in conjunction with the annual Party in the Prairie. The Giant Pumpkin Festival is an event the whole family can enjoy.

Date: Sunday, September 29, 2019

Time: 9AM - 4PM

Event Location


River Prairie Park

1419 Front Porch Place

Altoona, WI 54720

Parking: available onsite in River Prairie. Click HERE for more information.

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Confirmed activities include:

-Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off (Click here for the registration form - please return form to event organizers on the day of the event)

This event is an official GPC weigh-off.

A maximum of two entries and two prize moneys per category per household are allowed. One entry per household member per category is allowed. Additional entries will be for exhibition only.

 Exhibitors must be on site and in line to register entries by 10 a.m. on September 29, 2019.

 Each specimen must be grown and cared for by the exhibitor.

 The exhibitor must be present for the competition, unless prior approval for a legitimate reason is made with a site coordinator via email or phone call. Site coordinators are Mike Golat ( and Roy Atkinson ( and they can be reached at 715-839-6092.

 All pumpkins and squash must be on a pallet.

 Any entry weighed in a previous competition will not be eligible for prize money.

 This weigh-off is a Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) sanctioned event and all GPC rules will be followed.

 The River Prairie Giant Pumpkin Festival would like entries to stay on exhibit through 5PM on Sunday, if at all possible. Those that choose to stay will receive two drink tickets and an appetizer buffet voucher that may be redeemed during the concert following the WEIGH-OFF.

2019 Contest Prize Structure (Click to View)


-Concert (Details TBA)

-5K Run/Walk (Click here to sign up)

-Food Trucks

-Vendor Market

Weekend Festivities:

Party in the Prairie (Click to view)

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The nearest hotel is Staybridge Suites- Altoona (click to view), which is located in the River Prairie Development near river prairie park. For other local hotel lodging options, please click here.


Runn’n On The River: 9AM - 11AM

  • Registration 9:00am

  • Race Begins 10:00am

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off: 9AM - 3PM

  • 9 to 11AM - Check-in of Giant Pumpkins and other fruits. Cut-off time is 10AM.

  • 11 to 2PM - Pumpkin Weigh-Off

  • 3PM - Announcement of Top 5 Festival Pumpkin Growers Announced During Concert Intermission

Vendor Market and Food Trucks: 11AM - 4PM

Concert: 2 - 4PM

  • Act to be announced





 For more information, please reach out to:

Mike Golat, City Administrator


Roy Atkinson, Management Analyst