LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) -- When word got out that an Idaho State Tax Commission representative threatened to shut down a family pumpkin stand for lack of a state permit, Lewiston area residents responded by scooping up their inventory.

Kami Charais tells the Lewiston Tribune the stand made three times as much money as they expected, bringing in $600 to pay for wrestling and dance lessons for their children, ages 6 and 4. She figures they'll have to turn over $36 in sales tax to the state.

Jacob and Sami-Lou Charais sold the squash from their porch, splitting the profits with the grower. Some people made donations and others drove from as far away as Spokane, Wash., to grab a gourd.

A representative of the tax commission has said the stop was meant to inform the family that they needed permits and to pay the state's 6 percent sales tax.

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Information from: Lewiston Tribune, http://www.lmtribune.com

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