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Get pumped for annual dash in Sterling

Event includes bounce houses, hay-rack wagon rides

Kids take off from the starting line during last year's Great Pumpkin Dash Cross Country Festival at Hoover Park in Sterling. The 26th annual event returns Sept. 30.
Kids take off from the starting line during last year's Great Pumpkin Dash Cross Country Festival at Hoover Park in Sterling. The 26th annual event returns Sept. 30.

STERLING – The 26th annual Great Pumpkin Dash Cross Country Festival is set for Sept. 30 at Hoover Park, 3807 Woodlawn Road.

Kids 12 and under will be grouped by age, then run dashes of various lengths throughout the day. Winner will get a large pumpkin and the first 1,000 finishers a small pumpkin.

In addition to the pumpkin, runners also will receive a coupon redeemable for a free lunch at the Sterling Optimist Club food tent.

Registration begins at 9 a.m., and the first race will start at 11. Other activities include a petting zoo, bounce houses, hay-rack wagon rides, ambulance tours, face painting, pumpkin photos and more.

There is no charge, but a $1 donation would be appreciated.

Find the event on Facebook for more information.

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