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Construction Boom Smashes Tradition at Jared's Giant Pumpkin Festival

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Denver's building boom has created many challenges for people in the metro area — traffic jams, parking problems — but none as troublesome as this: Jared's Nursery Gift and Garden Center in Littleton has lost the construction crane for its pumpkin drop. The drop is supposed to be the spectacular culmination of its Giant Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off, which runs from 9 to 4 p.m. tomorrow. But yesterday, after the crane operator who'd confirmed on Monday suddenly canceled, Jared's posted this plaintive plea on Facebook:

OOOOHHHH NNNNOOOOO!!! The Booming Construction throughout Colorado has taken our PUMPKIN DROPPING CRANE away!!!!! Brian called this morning and said he did not have a crane available to come to the weigh-off. BOOO HOOOO!!!!

Anyone have a friend with a Crane?.

This is the eleventh annual pumpkin festival at Jared's; the event regularly attracts thousands of people and enough giant pumpkins to nail the state record eight times in the past ten years. And this year, Jared's again anticipates having Colorado's biggest gourd — but those regulars who'll expect to see huge pumpkins falling from the sky will have to drop their expectations to ground level.

Unless some construction company takes pity on Jared's. Got crane? Call 303-979-6022.

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