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Ethel Michek stands behind a pumpkin-patch helper in October 1974 at her farm on Olde Eight Road in Boston Heights. Her popular displays of pumpkin people were a Halloween tradition for more than 30 years. (Akron Beacon Journal file photo)
They traveled from across the continent. Each one was primped and pampered to look its best, and by Saturday, they were ready to claw their way up the ranks in the cattiest competition Akron has held in over 15 years.