Pumpkin Festival Brings Big Crowd To Canton

CANTON, S.D. – Now that it’s fall many are flocking to area pumpkin patches. One in Canton has already seen more than 2,000 people walk through their farm.

This weekend is kicking off the second annual Riverview Christmas Tree Farm Pumpkin Festival.

The farm is known for growing evergreens but has been taking on another crop. Those who attend can not only pick out their pumpkin, but also enjoy food trucks, a beer garden, football on a big screen and a tractor ride.

The owner says preparing for this festival hasn’t been easy, because the dry weather in July put stress on the pumpkins.

“There’s a lot of manual labor that goes into pumpkins,” says owner Todd Gannon. “There are no sprays you can spray on the pumpkins for weeds, so we have to go out and hand-hoe them.”

Gannon looks to Canton High School students for help.

“We go out and hand-hoe usually in July when it’s really the hot part of the year,” says Gannon.

But he says rain in the late August and September has helped.

“That’s really when the pumpkins fill out, so we’re lucky, we’re estimating around 8,000 to 10,000 pumpkins down [here], so there’s a lot to choose from,” says Gannon.

Last year the event brought in nearly 10,000 people to Canton over the span of four days.

“We’ve had a great turnout from all over,” says Gannon. “It’s amazing we see people from all across the country show up because they happen to be in town visiting family and they come out.”

The festival will continue next weekend. Next Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Recording artist Tyler David will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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