Fall fun in Frackville

Frackville carves out fun at an­nual fes­ti­val

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570- 628- 6002

Alit­tle lim­er­ick, along with a taste of au­tum­nal art and mouth­fuls of pump­kin pie, will be part of a cel­e­bra­tion of fall thisweek­end in Frackville.

The Frackville Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion is spon­sor­ing the ninth an­nual Frackville Pump­kin Fes­ti­val from10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Satur­day on Frack Street be­tween Le­high Av­enue and Bal­liet Street. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p. m. Sun­day in the event of in­clemen­tweather on Satur­day.

The event, fea­tur­ing sun­dried squash-based art and con­tests, face paint­ing, a lim­er­ick con­test, a penny art con­test and food from var­i­ous spon­sors, will be pream­bled by a “Pumpkins on Pa­rade” march at 9: 45 a. m. from the Frackville Area Free Pub­lic Li­brary, 56N. Le­high Ave., head­ing south to the desti­na­tion a block away.

The pump­kin fes­ti­val will of­fi­cially be­gin at 10 a. m. with a ticket auc­tion and dis­play of Art of the Pump­kin works— dec­o­ra­tion of blank wooden pumpkins bought from the li­brary. All money made from pump­kin blanks and bids will ben­e­fit the li­brary’s gen­eral fund. Mu­sic, pro­vided by Bill Bit­ting of JB Sound, will ser­e­nade event­go­ers. Lim­er­ick lines will also be read aloud through­out the event.

Pony rides, for only $ 2, will be avail­able for those­who seek their in­ner eques­trian.

“The pony rides are so rea­son­ably priced be­cause the horses are spon­sored by dona­tions from John Crane In­sur­ance, Do­ma­lakes In­sur­ance, Michael J. O’Con­nor & As­so­ciates, Mal­in­chok In­sur­ance and Sosar Phys­i­cal Ther­apy. By these busi­nesses spon­sor­ing the ponies, we are able to of­fer af­ford­able pony rides for the chil­dren,” Peg Ger­rity, a mem­ber of the FBPA com­mit­tee, said.

Af­ter a pony ride, chil­dren are en­cour­aged to take part in penny art, us­ing a sack of cents to cre­ate a de­pic­tion on the side­walk with a chance to win a grand prize. The pen­nies and prizes for the con­test are spon­sored by Min­ers/ Mid Penn Bank.

And at noon, the pump­kin pie- eat­ing con­test be­gins. Eaters will be cat­e­go­rized into three dif­fer­ent groups by age.

The event is set to con­clude with the an­nounce­ment of win­ners in the Art of the Pump­kin and lim­er­ick con­tests. All con­tes­tants will be bro­ken up into groups cor­re­spond­ing with age; all win­ners in all con­tests will re­ceive prizes.

“Prizes awarded for the var­i­ous con­tests are gifts or gift cer­tifi­cates do­nated by lo­cal busi­nesses,” Ger­rity said.

Food for sale will in­clude fun­nel cakes and chicken pot pie from Friend­ship Fire Com­pany; piero­gies and halushki with the ladies of St. Joseph Par­ish; pizza and “spooky drinks” with the Frackville Recre­ation Board; walk­ing ta­cos with Ju­nior Girl Scouts; and bean soup from Al­ta­mont Fire Com­pany.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the Frackville Pump­kin Fes­ti­val, vis­itwww. face­book. com/ Frackville BPA. For more in­for­ma­tion about con­test prizes, call the Frackville Area Pub­lic Li­brary at 570- 874- 3382.

FILE PHOTO

Sophia Gro­ma­l­ski, Ma­hanoy City, paints a pump­kin dur­ing last year’s Frackville Pump­kin Fes­ti­val. This year’s fes­ti­val will be held from 10 a. m. to 2 p. m. Satur­day along Frack Street be­tween Le­high Av­enue and Bal­liet Street.

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