Sycamore, Illinois: Statue of Mr. Pumpkin

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Address:
W. Elm St., Sycamore, IL
Directions:
Downtown, on the corner of Somonauk and W. Elm Sts, one block south of Hwy 64.
Admission:
Free
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Statue of Mr. Pumpkin.

Statue of Mr. Pumpkin

A bronze statue honors Wally "Mr. Pumpkin" Thurow, complete with his wacky outfit and high-wheeled bicycle. Wally was the founder and chief cheerleader of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival for 50 years. He died in 2012; the statue was unveiled Oct. 22, 2014.

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Statue of Mr. Pumpkin.

Statue of Mr. Pumpkin

Mr. Pumpkin is still there, but has a nice backdrop that appears to have been added later. Fresh pumpkins fill out the scene close to Pumpkin Festival time in October.

[Clark W, 10/27/2020]

Mr. Pumpkin.

Statue of Mr. Pumpkin

Mr. Pumpkin is cute as a button (sorry! But he is!). His vest is covered in badges -- most of which are a pumpkin in a sycamore leaf. Very obviously a member of the Lions Club. He is on Somonauk St., just south of the intersection with W. Elm.

On the corner of W. Elm and Somonauk is a unique community message board - metal sculpture in itself covered in sycamore leaves. Turn south and Mr. Pumpkin is on the right - adjacent to a parking lot.

[Kathy & Ron NxNE, 06/11/2015]

Wally "Mr. Pumpkin" Thurow was the founder and chief cheerleader of the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival for 50 years.


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