Celebrate all things pumpkin
8th annual Pumpkin Festival slated for Saturday in Frackville
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.
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.