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Father-son duo find first pumpkin
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Matthew and Michael Cassidy found Week No. 1s $100 golden pumpkin. - photo by GLENN KAHL

The father-son team of Matthew and Michael Cassidy found the first golden pumpkin worth $100 in the Manteca Bulletin’s Great Pumpkin Hunt.

The duo found the pumpkin by the Manteca Animal Shelter at Wetmore Street and South Main Street.

The clues were as follows:

• This place is the cat’s meow. A reference to the fact cats and dogs are the primary guests of the animal shelter

• At least you won’t get wet anymore.
It is a play on the name of Wetmore Street that runs by the shelter.

• Stay on track when you hunt. The Union Pacific tracks run behind the animal shelter.

Cassidy said his son actually spotted the golden pumpkin near the Animal Control facility on South Main Street just beyond the railroad tracks on Wetmore Avenue.  They had gotten their Weekend Edition of the Manteca Bulletin shortly after 4 a.m. Saturday.  Early issues of the paper are obtained from news racks or from dealers’ counters at stores in the community.  One pumpkin will be hidden each Friday night in October with clues appearing in the paper on Saturday. 

Only one pumpkin can be claimed per individual throughout the month for the prize.