Giant Pumpkin and Harvest Festival in Lennoxville this weekend
Lennoxville’s Giant Pumpkin and Harvest Festival this Sunday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fire Hall on Samuel-gratham St. behind the Lennoxville Borough Office.
The popular annual event has been organized in partnership with the Lennoxville Volunteer Firefighters Association Inc., the Giant Pumpkin Association, and Clarke & Sons, and offers a family friendly day with a multitude of activities for young and old alike, such as the traditional hay wagon horseride, local artisans and vegetable producers, inflatable games, obstacle courses, workshops with an autumn theme, and Hailey standing beside the 2016 entry in the Lennoxville Harvest and Giant Pumpkin Festival. face painting by Mimi-papillon.
To sweeten the event, visitors can enjoy delicious homemade pies prepared by the firefighters.
Later in the afternoon, the giant pumpkin contest will take place. A small tractor will hoist the pumpkins, some weighing in the 500-700 pound range, onto a scale to decide this year’s ‘big’ winner.
The Record’s own Steve Young has been participating in the giant pumpkin contest for the last few years. With the help of his children Hailey and Sean, Young placed third in 2016 with a pumpkin weighing a whopping 750 pounds. Last year, in what was widely considered a difficult growing year, Young’s pumpkin didn’t make the top three. This year, Young ‘guestimates’ that his pumpkin is in the 550-pound range, so he hopes it will place well.
Hailey and Sean beside this year’s pumpkin. According to Young, the pumpkin is in great shape despite the plant having a rough season with lots of disease in the patch.
Hailey beside last year’s entry.