Annual Pumpkin Roll shows small town's unique history - WNEM TV 5

Annual Pumpkin Roll shows small town's unique history

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VASSAR, MI (WNEM) -

An annual fall tradition brought plenty of fun to a small Mid-Michigan town.

Vassar held its 22nd annual Pumpkin Roll on Saturday, much to the delight of participants and visitors alike.

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

It’s a tradition with some rather unique history.

“Years ago, some local kids thought it would be a good idea to roll pumpkins at cars by a prank. 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 the day with the top prize at $500,” TJ Beckman said.

To the people in town, this means a lot.

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, residents said 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,” Beckman said. “And for us at the café, we’re only open since July, so we’re hoping the foot traffic will help a lot of businesses.”

Kids participating in the roll also had a chance to get into the Halloween spirit a little early for a Zombie Walk.

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