Box Elder pumpkin giveaway to take place on Saturday

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Pennington County Jail has hosted a pumpkin giveaway in Box Elder for seven years.

The jail has been renting out a garden in the city for years, and each summer inmates maintain the garden and end the season with the giveaway.

Due to COVID-19, inmates were unable to be in the garden working side-by-side for their safety and that of others. The jail did not want to end the tradition, so instead they gave seeds to the jail gardeners.

Rob Yantis, the jail commander says, “We provided the seeds to the volunteers, and they went out and they made sure that they were watered appropriately, and pulled all the weeds and harvested them and pulled them off and got them all ready for the kids this year.”

The seeds were planted and have now bloomed into pumpkins, and they’re ready to be given away.

Typically, people come into the garden in herds and grab whatever they can from the garden, including various fruits and vegetables.

This year, correctional officers and the gardeners will give items out individually, to maintain proper social distancing.

The giveaway will be on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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