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Oh my gourd! Pumpkin display for a good cause

Oct 20, 2021, 9:07 PM | Updated: Oct 21, 2021, 10:25 pm

FARMINGTON, Utah — Halloween brings out the characters.

“I’ve got Elsa,” Ken Klinker lists some of his. “Mickey and Minnie. I have a whole row of Harry Potter.”

Ken Klinker, the pumpkin king, isn’t short of options.

“Last count was 313,” Klinker tells KSL TV.

His pumpkin passion stretches back 20 years.

(Morgan Wolfe, KSL TV)

“I started carving pumpkins for my little kids. Real pumpkins,” he said. “I spend four or five hours carving a Jack Sparrow pumpkin and two days later I had to throw it away.”

So, he switched to stirofoam gourds.

“It has taken me about 15 years to collect this many and each year I add a few.”

Klinker wants to remind visitors that there’s always time to do something right.

“I am taking canned good donations for the bountiful food pantry,” he said.

He keeps his pumpkin display free in exchange for canned goods donations. The address is 1288 canyon drive in Farmington.

(Morgan Wolfe, KSL TV)

“It gives me a good feeling when I can take over truck loads of this donation over to the foodbank,” Kliner said. “Every little bit helps.”

Klinker has been doing this display for 15 years. Last year he had to make three different trips from all the donations.

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Oh my gourd! Pumpkin display for a good cause