Sandy shuts down 'Pumpkin Junction'

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Last minute pumpkin shoppers now have even less time to pick up a gourd in Barrington.

On Sunday, parishioners at St. John’s Episcopal Church temporarily de-constructed the site’s annual Pumpkin Junction. While the pumpkins themselves are still on the lawn the sales tents were moved inside Sunday morning and tables were hurried indoors amid an early evening misting as Hurricane Sandy rumbled towards the eastern seaboard.

Kerri Payne is event chairwoman. She said the goal is to be open again on Wednesday though it depends on the weather.

“Halloween is usually a pretty good sales day for us,” she said.

“So if we can, we’ll open back up again.”

Ms. Payne said it didn’t take long to get everything moved inside. She said there was plenty of help from parishioners.

“Everybody is good about pitching in,” Ms. Payne said.

Ms. Payne also said she isn’t too worried about the pumpkins. Those remaining are grouped in clusters around the church lawn and the storm’s timing means there are a whole lot less than a couple weeks ago.

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