Cel­e­brate all things pump­kin

8th an­nual Pump­kin Fes­ti­val slated for Satur­day in Frackville

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PED­DI­GREE COPY ED­I­TOR eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com

Frackville will welcome Oc­to­ber with a cel­e­bra­tion of the most pop­u­lar mem­ber of the Cu­cur­bitaceae fam­ily — pump­kins.

The eighth an­nual Pump­kin Fes­ti­val will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day at Frack Street and Le­high Av­enue. The event is hosted by the Frackville Busi­ness and Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion.

The event kicks off at 9:45 a.m. with Pump­kins on Pa­rade from the Frackville Free Pub­lic Li­brary to Frack Street. Chil­dren ages 3 to 12 who par­tic­i­pated in the My Fa­vorite Pump­kin con­test, in which they dec­o­rated a foam pump­kin, will march with their cre­ations in the pa­rade.

A high­light of the fes­ti­val is an­other dec­o­rat­ing con­test called Art of the Pump­kin. Wooden pump­kins dec­o­rated by fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als will be on dis­play for auc­tion by fes­ti­val­go­ers. Prizes will also be awarded to the best dec­o­rated pump­kins. Pro­ceeds from the auc­tion ben­e­fit the li­brary.

Rachel Ku­len­gosky of the Frackville Free Pub­lic Li­brary said it is amaz­ing to see how peo­ple dec­o­rate their pump­kins. She said they use craft­ing items, such as paint, and unique items found around the house like soda caps and LEGOs.

“It’s so neat what peo­ple think of to do,” Ku­len­gosky said.

Ku­len­gosky said there are about 17 pump­kins dec­o­rated for this year’s fes­ti­val.

Win­ners of the Art of the Pump­kin con­test will be an­nounced at 1:30 p.m., as will the win­ners of the lim­er­ick con­test. Con­tes­tants were to send in a pump­kin-themed lim­er­ick, a poem in five-line me­ter. Awards will be given to the top 3 lim­er­icks. Run­ners-up will be read through­out the fes­ti­val.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude side­walk art at 10:45 for chil­dren ages 6 to 8 and 11:15 a.m. for ages 9 to 12; pump­kin pie-eat­ing con­test at noon for ages 9 to 11, 12:30 p.m. for ages 12 to 16 and 1 p.m. for ages 17 and older; $2 pony rides for chil­dren; free face paint­ing and pump­kin paint­ing.

Ven­dors will also be set up sell­ing crafts and food. Mu­sic will be pro­vided by JB Sound.

An event that is not re­turn­ing this year is the Pump­kin Chunkin’ con­test, held an­nu­ally at the Schuylkill Mall on the Fri­day be­fore Pump­kin Fes­ti­val.

Peg Ger­rity with FBPA said the fes­ti­val com­mit­tee could not get enough mem­bers to help con­duct the event.

“The mall gra­ciously of­fered to host it like they did the last eight years,” she said.

Pump­kin Fes­ti­val is held rain or shine. Last year the event was moved to the Schuylkill Mall due to in­clement weather. Ac­cord­ing to the Na­tional Weather Ser­vice, cloudy skies are ex­pected Satur­day with a 50 per­cent chance of rain. Tem­per­a­tures will be in the up­per 60s.

Ger­rity said the goal is to keep the event in down­town Frackville and avail­able for all fam­i­lies.

“We try to make things af­ford­able for fam­i­lies to have a fun day,” she said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit the FBPA’s Face­book page at FBPA, Frackville.

ANDY MATSKO/STAFF PHOTO

Kylee Kle­mow, Frackville, has a pump­kin painted on her face by Molly Yuschock, Ash­land, at last year’s Pump­kin Fes­ti­val in Frackville. This year’s fes­ti­val will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day at Frack Street and Le­high Av­enue in the bor­ough.

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