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Pastor parts with pumpkins

Charles Agar

Aspen Community Church pastor Chuck Cram loads pumpkins Thursday for removal. (Jordan Curet/The Aspen Times)

The extra pumpkins from the Aspen Community Church pumpkin sale are going into the Dumpster, but the event was a big success.Pastor Chuck Cram said that after pumpkin sales at his former church in Denver, he would pass the unsold pumpkins on to local farmers as pig feed.

“But we haven’t gotten anyone interested enough to come and get ’em,” he said. He was busy Friday loading a trailer for the dump. Cram has planned Saturday morning as a cleanup day, but said that with the bad weather in the forecast he thought he’d get a head start. “It’s too bad,” he said, adding that he’s pleased that the sale grossed more than $13,000, earning the church about $3,200.

This church contracts with a North Carolina company called Pumpkin Patch USA, which imports pumpkins from all over the country – Aspen’s pumpkins came from New Mexico. And the company provides the pumpkins on consignment and overstocks by design, which ensures a better selection.”We appreciate the support of the community,” Cram said. Local schools brought kids groups by, and Alpine Bank sponsored a pumpkin-carving contest.

The United Methodists at the Community Church are a small congregation, and the 100-year-old building costs a bundle to maintain, Cram said. The church has raised money and installed an elevator and an organ over the years, and its schedule is busy with groups that rent out the space.After the success of this year’s sale, Cram said it is destined to be an annual event.Charles Agar’s e-mail address is cagar@aspentimes.com.

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