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Great Pumpkin Train Rides this Weekend

Created: October 14, 2019 10:31 AM

If you're looking for some fall fun to get in the Halloween spirit, the Great Pumpkin Train is back this week.  

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The annual ride is put on by the North Shore Scenic Railroad and Ken Buehler, the railroad's executive director, said it's their end of the season ride. 

"We take people all the way up to our pumpkin field," Buehler said.  "It's orange in color, brightly colored with pumpkins and people can get off the train there and then they pick out what they think is the best pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern out of."

Buehler said many people don't know the history of the jack-o-lantern, but it began as an Irish custom. 

"Stingy Jack made a deal with the devil that involved him carving out a pumpkin and putting a candle in front of it to scare away evil spirits from his front porch," Buehler.  "The jack-o-lantern came from Stingy Jack and that's why the Great Pumpkin Train gives people a chance to go and pick the best pumpkin from the field of pumpkins."

It's recommended that you bring a bag to carry your pumpkin home. 

The train isn't all!  Once you're done with the ride, there will be a juggler, a magic show, face painting, and more in the museum.  

Buehler said pumpkins were hard to come by this year, but Russ Davis Wholesale provided for the pumpkin patch and it's a great opportunity to get your pumpkin for carving. 

If you're interested in riding, you can head to duluthtrains.com or call the ticket office at The Depot.

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