Hallowfest Begins Saturday, Burger Eating Contest Winner Announced

Hallowfest Begins Saturday, Burger Eating Contest Winner Announced
Courtesy of Ponca State Park. Updated Facebook page photo cover.

PONCA – The annual Hallowfest returns for its 21st year at a northeast Nebraska state park.

According to a release from Ponca State Park, Hallowfest will be held over the next two weekends of Saturday, October 12 and Saturday, October 19.

Both days will begin with crafts from 9:30 – 11 a.m. where there’ll be five different crafts to choose from at a cost of $1 each. Moving into the afternoon, participants will get to bowl with pumpkins through an obstacle course competing for distance at 1 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top three longest rolls in three ages groups. Cost is $3 for small to regular size pumpkins and $5 for large pumpkins.

Another event lasting from 1 – 3 p.m. will feature a creative pumpkin-carving contest. All pumpkins must be carved at Scout Hill within the two-hour window to qualify. Judging will begin at 3 p.m. with one prize being awarded to the best design in three age categories. All ages are welcome.

Also, for those staying at Ponca State Park the next two weekends can compete in the campsite and cabin decorating contest. Judging will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday as a sign placed in the yard will indicate the winners.

Prizes can be picked up at the Resource & Education Center on Sunday, October 13 and Sunday, October 20.

The 15th annual Missouri River Outdoor Expo was held at Ponca State in late September (21-22) where it also featured the sixth annual Bob’s Burger Eating Contest. Of the 10 contestants selected to participate, Brian Benjamin of Sioux City, Iowa was the 2019 Champion Burger Boss. He won with the time of 12:43 as the record still stands from 2015 of 4:51.

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