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Pro pumpkin carver morphs farmers market into early Halloween showcase

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While cooks set out some free samples, parents brought out their children, decked out for a costume competition. While cooks set out some free samples, parents brought out their children, decked out for a costume competition.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

On most days, farmers markets are all about picking out fresh, local goods.

"It's just that the fall season is so festive. The colors are so beautiful, and we really want to make it a family affair," said Dee Polak, manager of the Sioux City Farmers Market.

On this day, the Sioux City farmers market is taking full advantage of the season. It's putting fall-themed entertainment into the spotlight. The highlights included a professional pumpkin carver, who chiseled a couple of hours from his day to spruce up these gigantic gourds.

"I watched him; he did not sketch it out at all. He's just doing it all freehand, and he is just absolutely amazing," said Polak.

For the vendors, it's one of their favorite times of the year, as the market activity ramps up for the market's final weeks.

"We're here for the community; we're here for the children. So, anything that we can do in that regard is great," said Paul Seaman, a chef at the farmers market.

While cooks set out some free samples, parents brought out their children, decked out for a costume competition.

"I just wanted something simple," said Brandy Garcia. "And things that I just had kind of laying around the house, and not too expensive."

All the while, contestants were trying to win over the judges with their creativity.

"We're fans of Halloween, and have always had homemade costumes," said Cindy Aspeotis, one of the judges.

The winners received small cash prizes, but even those who didn't win went away happy.

"It was fun to put on his costume and he got candy, so of course, it's a great day," said Beth Boettcher of Sioux City.

This year's farmers market ends on Oct. 31.

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