Annual Chagrin Falls pumpkin roll held overnight

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - The annual Chagrin Falls pumpkin roll was held early Wednesday morning with hundreds of Chagrin Falls High School juniors and seniors smashing pumpkins on Grove Hill, a section of North Main Street.

This tradition of collecting pumpkins and dumping them on the street was started by the Chagrin Falls class of 1969. The event is always held within a few days Halloween, but the exact date is not known until the day before the roll.

Students delivered this year's load of around 1,000 pumpkins to the top of grove hill just after 1 a.m. After just 10 minutes all the pumpkins had been unloaded and smashed in the roadway. Once the pumpkins were smashed, the kids used whatever they could find to slide down the hill. Slides this year included snow sleds, trash can lids, and even a few recycling bins. The event lasted until rain and the police started sending people home at about 2 a.m.

Safety wasn't lost on some of the participants as they were seen wearing bicycle helmets, knee pads, elbow pads, and even a few football helmets.

Pumpkins are donated, grown by participants, and even stolen from homes all over the Chagrin Falls area.

Parents are usually kept in the dark, but every year there is a small group of parents standing at the bottom of the hill video taping and taking pictures.

Police wrote tickets for illegal dumping in a roadway to those who delivered the pumpkins at the top of the hill; those ticketed are responsible for the cost of the clean up. That cost is split up among those who participate.

The street department cleaned up all the debris and reopened the road at about 4 a.m. 

Chagrin Falls police said that no arrests were made and no injuries were reported.

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