Box Elder pumpkin giveaway continues to grow in popularity

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Halloween is a few short weeks away, and to help get people in the spirit, the Pennington County Sheriff's Office, as well as the City and Police Department of Box Elder, came together to give out free pumpkins.

This is the fourth year the Pumpkin giveaway has been held in Box Elder, and according to Sheriff Kevin Thom this year has seen the biggest turnout so far.

The pumpkins and other various garden vegetables were grown directly across from Box Elder City Hall by inmates at the Pennington County Jail.

The giveaway not only serves as a learning experience for the kids who come out, but for the inmates who helped grow the produce.

Pennington County Sheriff Kevin Thom says, "Very positive. It's neat to see kids recognize that the vegetables don't come off the grocery store shelf they come out of a garden they get to actually pick them. Its educational as well as nutritional. It's their way to give back to the community and it's our way as a Sheriff's office to help give back to the community so it's our contribution back."

Among some of the other items that were free to take home for those who attended today's event were squash, jalapenos, and watermelons.