Pumpkin Roll means big business in local city - WNEM TV 5

Pumpkin Roll means big business in local city

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VASSAR, MI (WNEM) -

 “I've heard about it my entire life,” said TJ Beckman, a resident of Vassar. That’s because, in Vassar, Autumn means one thing. Pumpkin Rolling. It’s not easy to explain to out-of-towners, but it’s a very simple concept.

 “The kids go up a hill, and they roll a pumpkin down the hill,” said Laura Leiterman, a resident of Vassar.

We learned from residents that this is a tradition with some rather unique history.

“Years ago, some local kids thought it would be a good idea to roll pumpkins at cars as a prank,” said Beckman, “The first car they hit was a cop, Chief of Police. So, after a while the police said you know what, let's use this as a fundraiser and make it legal for a day.”

Now, the Pumpkin Roll is a big deal every year. Many saying it keeps the people in the small town close. Not only is the Pumpkin Roll a lot of fun, but it also brings people from all over to the town. With a lot of new businesses in the area, they say it's really helping them grow.

“We have a lot of folks from out of town that hear about it and think it's crazy and think it's something they want to check out,” said Beckman, who works at Sambuca Café, “and for us at the cafe, we're hoping the foot traffic with help a lot of the business.”

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