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Readers find last two $100 pumpkins in Bulletin’s 2012 Great Pumpkin Hunt

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Readers find last two $100 pumpkins in Bulletin’s 2012 Great Pumpkin Hunt

Manteca Bulletin Advertising Director Chuck Higgs, left, verifies the $100 pumpkin found by Rocky Graciano on Saturday morning.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin


POSTED November 1, 2012 10:57 p.m.

The final two pumpkins in the Manteca Bulletin’s Great Pumpkin Hunt have been claimed.

Rocky Graciano found the Week No. 4 pumpkin hidden next to the concrete bat at Lincoln Park.

He said he woke up at about 2 a.m. and went to his car where he slept until the paper came at 3:30 in the morning. He read the clues and found the pumpkin shortly thereafter.

The Halloween Day pumpkin was found by Michael Smith, a Modesto Junior College graphics student. He said it was fairly easy to found in a lot next to McDonald’s on East Yosemite Avenue where he retrieved it from among tumbleweeds near the street.

Each received $100 for finding the respective pumpkins.

The Week No. 4 clues were as follows:

• That’s one big bat. - It refers to the three-foot concrete baseball bat sculpture that was installed earlier this year on a plaza put in as part of the Lincoln Park parking lot upgrades.

• Right up the alley. - The access lane to the Lincoln Park parking lot doubles as an alley for adjacent homes. The alley leads right to the plaza.

• Park for the park. - The adjacent parking lot is where you park to go to Lincoln Park.

The Halloween Day clues were as follows:

• That’s one big dollar sign. - It refers to the Dollar Store sign overlooking the former Manteca Bowl site.

• The alley was here. - A reference to the original Manteca bowling alley that once graced the site before being torn down.

• Don’t stumble over the tumble. - That refers to the tumbleweeds adjacent to the sidewalk where the pumpkin was hidden.

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