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Monday, September 9, 2013

Barnesville Mayor Trying to Stop Oil & Gas Truck Traffic During Pumpkin Festival

From The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register:
The festival is slated to run from the evening weigh-in on Sept. 25 through Sept. 29. The event draws thousands of visitors to downtown Barnesville annually.
"What we would like is a voluntary moratorium during certain hours of the festival," said Bischof, noting he has asked for help from the city police department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and the Ohio Department of Transportation.
"It would seem to me that the companies would not want to have their trucks sitting in the traffic during that time when they are paying the drivers so much. It would not make economic sense," Bischof said, noting he has spoken to representatives from a few trucking companies who seemed to agree with him.
The festival is always held the last full weekend in September. Since the free event's humble 1964 beginnings, it has grown to draw visitors from throughout the nation - along with record-setting gourds.
"I remember when people would win with 65-pound pumpkins. Now we regularly get them in at 1,500 pounds," Bischof said.
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