The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival kicks off this week. It will be a bittersweet start to the festival's 51st year. This is the first year since the death of the Festival's founder, Wally Thurow, affectionately known as "Mr. Pumpkin." Sycamore author Tom Oestreicher has written a biography of Thurow and the festival. The book is called Mr. Pumpkin & The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival: A 50 Year History.