ODON — Downtown Odon will be filled with all things pumpkin Saturday when the 18th annual Pumpkin Festival sponsored by the Odon Business Alliance kicks off at at 10 a.m.

“We kick off the festival with the annual Children’s Charity 5K Run/Walk that begins at the Odon Park,” said Morgan Wilson, a member of the Odon Business Alliance.

This year, poster child for the 5K will be Kamden Mott, the son of Doug and Kensay Mott of Elnora.

“This means the world to my family for Kamden to be the poster child,” said Kensay Mott. “Having a child with special needs takes a financial hardship on a family and his was a blessing in disguise at a rough time. And to have his story told, so that others can hear about his disabilities means a lot. Not everyone understands how special and what a miracle he is.”

Kamden has three siblings including his identical twin brother Drake, a younger brother Reece and an older sister Hannah. He was born prematurely at 29 weeks and three days. At birth, Mott said Kamden was not breathing and at some point, right before or shortly after birth, he suffered from a stroke.

“Over the course of his life he has underwent six major surgeries, four of which have been on his brain. He will forever have a VP shunt that drains spinal fluid off his brain, into his stomach, through a tube that runs down his neck,” said Mott.

From being premature Kamden has developed hydrocephalus, a seizure disorder, cerebral palsy, low vision, sensory disorder and he utilizes braces on his legs to improve mobility.

Mott said even with his challenges, Kamden always has a smile on his face and a laugh that can make anyone’s day. He is involved in 4-H, loves to help around the farm, and has an inseparable bond with his dog Tex.

Main Street, Wilson said, will be closed to traffic so that over 40 vendors, including several selling festival foods, direct sales products, handmade items and more, can set up shop.

“We have some new things this year including the barrel rides, coloring contest sponsored by Hawkins Health, giant yard games hosted at the library, the magician and candle dipping,” said Wilson. “And at 5 p.m., the North Daviess Cougar football team will be introduced and at 5:30 the Daviess County Dance Academy will perform.”

At noon, athletes from Odon Gymnastics will perform. The always popular candy drop will take place at 2 p.m. and at 2:15 p.m. the pumpkin pie eating contest, sponsored by the North Daviess Medical Clinic, begins.

If pumpkin pie isn’t your thing, at 2:30 p.m., First Savings Bank of Odon will sponsor the pumpkin seed spitting contest and at 2:30 p.m. entries in the Odon Locker pumpkin recipe contest will be judged.

Parkview Christian Care’s pumpkin rolling contest will be held at 3 p.m. A pumpkin decorating contest will also award a cash prize and the person who guesses the amount of candy in a jar will win $50. The decorated pumpkin contest sponsored by Iota Rho will be at 3:15 p.m.

Children, adults and pets can don their best costume and take part in the masquerade contest sponsored by the VFW at 3:30 p.m.

Prizes will be given in 10 categories including children, adults and pets.

For more information on the Odon Pumpkin Festival, find the event page on Facebook. In case of rain, the Pumpkin Festival will be held Oct. 19.

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