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Shana and Travis Hensch enjoy a day out at Uncle Ray's 9th Annual Pumpkin Festival in New York Mills. "This is a great community activity. Lots of children, lots of fun," they said. From left: Anna Carlson, Alex Kotaska, Brandy Hensch, Shana Hensch, and Travis Hensch. Their son Breck sits on a pumpkin he picked at the festival.

Uncle Ray's 9th Annual Pumpkin Day brings festivities to hundreds

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Despite overnight rain and a gloomy forecast, Uncle Ray's 9th Annual Pumpkin Day picked up speed within a half hour of its opening. The clouds parted and the sun's rays spread brilliantly across the fields of S&S Vineyards and Winery in New York Mills.

Both sides of the road were lined with cars by 11:00 a.m. Roughly 400 people attended the event, according to Brian Sillanpaa, nephew of the late Ray Sonnenberg, who started the community event in 2001.

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