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Z-Rock Pumpkinhead competition held despite pandemic

Many Halloween traditions are being celebrated in a different manner this year, but the Z-Rock (106.7) Pumpkinhead contest is going on as usual.

Posted: Oct 31, 2020 11:33 AM
Updated: Nov 2, 2020 10:46 AM

Update Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020 - The winner of the Z-Rock contest for 2020 is Josh Proffer. Runner up was Eric Mattson.

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We have added the video for this story from the Saturday evening newscast, and it's followed by a video of some of our viewers all dressed up for Halloween.

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CHICO, Calif. - Many Halloween traditions are being celebrated in a different manner this year, but the Z-Rock (106.7) Pumpkinhead contest is still being held, in spite of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020.

On Halloween, six contestants donned  pumpkinheads and stood on their milk crates, competing to outlast the others to win a $1,000 prize.

This year's contestants are Cody Agost, Logan Alaways, Josh Proffer, Joie Sihner, Eric Mattson, Julia Larsen, and Anissa George. By 9:20 a.m. George fell off the milk crate and is no longer in the competition. She fell during Challenge #1, according to Z-Rock.

Carl's Jr. is the sponsor of this year's Pumpkinhead event. The management of Z-Rock radio said, "Thanks to Carl's Jr. for staying on for another year to make sure we can keep this stupid, stupid Chico tradition alive."

Action News Now reporter Esteban Reynoso went to the event being held in the parking lot at East and Esplanade in Chico. These photos are what he witnessed of the fun annual event. CLICK HERE to see the Pumpkinhead Museum.

The event started back in 1996 in downtown Chico as an endurance contest. Locations have included Carl's Jr., the Downtown City Plaza, the back lawn of Manzanita Place, and at the Underground (before it closed down).

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Sunday was a bright and toasty day for northern California, with the warmest highs we've experienced since October 2020, with valley highs in the upper 80s and 90s. Monday will be slightly cooler.
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