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Watch: Students take over Grove Hill for 52nd Annual Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll

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Posted at 7:25 AM, Oct 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-24 07:50:06-04

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio — It's an October event that keeps rolling on. Hundreds of pumpkins splattered on Grove Hill in Chagrin Falls was just the start of the 52nd annual Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll.

The tradition started in 1967 by the class of 1969 as a prank. The students in 1967 threw a few pumpkins down Grove Hill which is a section of Main Street as a prank and the event has grown every year since.

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Annual Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll

This year's event was kicked off by the group of about 200 kids singing the national anthem followed by a member of the Chagrin Falls High School Class of 1968 throwing the first pumpkin down Grove Hill.

The event, which is beloved by some and hated by others, is held each year a few days before Halloween. Students spend the weeks before the event collecting donated pumpkins and in some cases stealing others.

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Annual Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll

Around 11 p.m. a dump truck and multiple other cars and trucks loaded with pumpkins headed to the top of the hill to drop this years take.

The event began rolling around 11:30 p.m. with kids from the junior and senior class tossing pumpkins down the hill and then sliding down the hill on sleds and really anything that will slide on the slimy mess.

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Annual Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll

The event wrapped up just after 12:15 a.m.

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Annual Chagrin Falls Pumpkin Roll

No arrests or injuries were reported this year.

The organizing students will be given a ticket for illegal dumping and students raise money to pay the fine and overtime for the cleanup.

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