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$100 pumpkin found near Applebees, Jack-in-the-Box
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Carly Sinclair-Strickland found the last hidden Manteca Bulletin pumpkin at 3:15 Thursday morning on a concrete pad that held a dumpster. The pumpkin was located between Applebees and Jack-in-the-Box restaurants on Yosemite Avenue just west of Highway 99. She is pictured with her two children Grahm 5, and Hannah, 7, who she said were home in bed when she was out hunting the prized gourd. - photo by GLENN KAHL

The final hidden Manteca Bulletin golden pumpkin worth $100 was located at 3:15 a.m. Thursday by a Manteca woman who said she was puzzled by one clue that suggested it might be found by a French restaurant.

Carly Sinclair-Strickland said she found a rush of pumpkin hunters in the parking lot competing to find the $100 golden gourd with their flashlights in hand. 

The clues were as follows:

• Bobbing for apples: A reference to the nearby Applebee’s

• It’s part of Manteca’s sweet legacy: The site used to be part of the Spreckels Sugar

• Is that a French restaurant next door? There is a Jack-in-the-Box nearby that comedians have referred as Jacque-in-the-box.