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Wally Thurow, known as Mr. Pumpkin, poses in the mid-1990s during the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. A statue of Thurow, who helped found the festival, will be unveiled today to help start this year’s Pumpkin Festival.

‘Mr. Pumpkin’ memorial to be unveiled

By Mitchell Spence | October 22, 2014

A statue created to honor one of the founders of the Pumpkin Festival, Wally “Mr. Pumpkin” Thurow, will be unveiled today to help kick off the festival.Pumpkin Festival Committee President Jerry Malmassari said Thurow never stopped thinking of ideas...

Wally Thurow, known as Mr. Pumpkin, poses in the mid-1990s during the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival. A statue of Thurow, who helped found the festival, will be unveiled today to help start this year’s Pumpkin Festival.

Thurow model to be finished by summer

By Keisha Howerth | March 24, 2014

The Wally Thurow Tribute Committee said clay molding for a bronze statue is scheduled to start in April.The statue of Wally Thurow will serve as a tribute to the Sycamore resident and the Pumpkin Festival he founded.The life-size statue will show Thurow...

Pumpkin Fest Parade draws massive crowds to downtown Sycamore Sunday

By Joe Palmer | October 28, 2012

Clydesdales, camels and celebrations were the center of attention during the 51st Annual Pumpkin Fest Parade in Sycamore on Sunday. The parade has been a tradition in Sycamore and has always been under the leadership of Wally “Mr. Pumpkin” Thurow....

Local man memorialized in new book

By Northern Star Staff | October 11, 2012

Mr. Pumpkin & the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: A 50 Year History hit the shelves on Monday. The biography, written by Tom Oestreicher, focuses on the life of Wally Thurow who was known as “Mr. Pumpkin.” The book focuses on the history of the Sycamore...

Donations collected for Mr. Pumpkin statue

By Maria Ahmad | October 1, 2012

Wally Thurow, known as Mr. Pumpkin, will be missed in the coming Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, but loved ones are working to keep his spirit alive. “Over 50 years ago, he approached the Lions Club with a simple concept of having a family event with pumpkins...

Sycamore’s ‘Mr. Pumpkin’ dies Friday

By Melissa Mastrogiovanni | February 5, 2012

The man whose front lawn display of pumpkins eventually turned into the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival, Wally Thurow - affectionately known as Mr. Pumpkin - died Friday."On behalf of the Sycamore Pumpkin Fest Committee, we are saddened of the passing of Mr....

Sycamore rich with history

By Junae Bennett | March 28, 2011

SYCAMORE | Sycamore is one of the oldest cities in the area, established in 1835. Carlos Lattin built the 1st home in Sycamore in 1835, said Mayor Ken Mundy. Farmers settled the area and opened several stores after Eli Barnes built the 1st commercial...