Hundreds of pounds of food are collected for the food bank each year on account of the pumpkin giveaway, thanks to community partners and sponsors Visit Big Sky, Roxy’s Market, The Big Sky Community Organization, The Big Sky Real Estate Co., and the Big Sky Chamber of Commerce. PHOTO COURTESY SWEET BUNS CATERING LLC

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Arctic blast did not stop a favorite tradition

Frigid temperatures could not keep the community away from a favorite tradition on Oct. 24. Bundled and masked volunteers braved the cold to gather donated canned goods at Big Sky Community Food Bank’s annual event “The Great Pumpkin Giveaway”. In exchange for donations community members were able to select their favorite pumpkins. Last year’s event raised over 500 pounds of food to be distributed by the food bank.

“What a great turnout today! Thanks, everybody, for braving the cold! It was worth it! We collected 897.5 pounds of food,” food bank volunteer Laine Hegness said about Saturday’s event.

The Pumpkin King & Queen Carving Competition kicks off on Oct. 30 at the 4th Annual Haunted Peaks Halloween Festival. Participants will take photos of carved pumpkins with battery operated votives and post in the discussion feed by midnight. Winners will receive prizes from local businesses. Leftover pumpkins will be collected and donated to a local pig farm, so pumpkin artists are encouraged to carve the pumpkins and not use paint or plastic that might be harmful to the pigs.

More information can be found on the Big Sky Community Food Bank Facebook page or

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