Paint town or­ange

Carve out some fun at fes­ti­val in Frackville

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - FRONT PAGE - BY DANIEL P. PROSICK COPY ED­I­TOR Con­tact the writer: dprosick@re­pub­li­can­her­ald.com; 570628-6002

As the hours of day­light shorten, and leaves on the trees change from ver­dant to crim­son, auburn and gam­boge, one north­ern Schuylkill County com­mu­nity will be cel­e­brat­ing the squash and the ar­rival of au­tumn.

The Frackville Busi­ness & Pro­fes­sional As­so­ci­a­tion will be spon­sor­ing its 10th an­nual Frackville Pump­kin Fes­ti­val from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Satur­day on Frack Street be­tween Le­high Av­enue and Bal­liet Street in the bor­ough, ac­cord­ing to Peg Gar­rity, FBPA board pres­i­dent. In the event of in­clement weather, the fest will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Sun­day. All FBPA’s pro­ceeds will ben­e­fit the Frackville Free Pub­lic Li­brary, Ger­rity said.

“We tried to make it rea­son­ably priced enough that a fam­ily could come and do what they wanted to do and en­joy with­out break­ing the bank,” Ger­rity said. “All day long you can en­joy mu­sic and have fun with Bruce Bit­ting of JB Sound. There’s a big­ger con­test this year for the Art of the Pump­kin. There’s over 25 wooden pump­kin blanks that have been dec­o­rated by con­tes­tants,” which can then be won via Chi­nese auc­tion, Ger­rity said. “Oh my, what a con­test. It’s beau­ti­ful. The se­lec­tion is won­der­ful,” she em­phat­i­cally added.

There will also be pony rides for $2; free face paint­ing; pump­kin bowl­ing; non­prof­its with games at their ta­bles; a lim­er­ick con­test; pump­kin paint­ing and more, she said.

“You get a nice-sized pump­kin and all the art sup­plies for $2” for the pump­kin paint­ing, she said. “Last year we did over 160 of them and this year we have over 175 pur­chased to use. You can see that in a fourhour pe­riod of time, that’s a lot of pump­kin.”

Just be­fore the kick-off of the fest, chil­dren will march in Pump­kins on Pa­rade car­ry­ing their own pump­kin art­work, Ger­rity said.

“It’s cute be­cause they hold a stick and it has their pump­kin on it; it’s a cute way to start the fes­ti­val.”

In ad­di­tion to the pump­kin paint­ing, pony rides and pa­rade, there’s an­other artis­tic out­let for chil­dren: a penny art con­test

“Each child gets a dol­lar in pen­nies. They get a spe­cific area — maybe 12-by-12 — and they have to sit down on the pave­ment and build some­thing with their pen­nies.” There are two age cat­e­gories: 6 to 8 and 9 to 12. “This event has been run by and spon­sored by Mid Penn Min­ers Bank and they give the prizes out, too,” Ger­rity said.

And, if one is feel­ing com­pet­i­tive, there’s an­other, more pump­kin-cen­tric com­pe­ti­tion for the hun­gry: a pump­kin pie-eat­ing con­test. The com­pe­ti­tion will be bro­ken up by time, age group and gen­der, and start at noon with ages 9 to 11, boys then girls; at 12:30, ages 12 to 16, boys then girls; and 1 p.m., 17 and up.

But if you’d rather sit down and en­joy your food, there will also be fare such as hot dogs, halushki, piero­gies, ham­burg­ers, french fries, bean soup and even chicken bar­be­cue “cooked right there on Friend­ship Fire Com­pany’s new bar­be­cue wagon,” Ger­rity said. Pump­kin juice, a creation in­spired from Harry Pot­ter, will also be avail­able, Ger­rity said.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.fbpa.org or find the FBPA on Face­book.

JACQUE­LINE DORMER / STAFF PHO­TOG­RA­PHER

Ju­liana Miller, Frackville, rides Freck­les, guided by Sarah Lap­prich, back, and Kensey Yoder, 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 in the bor­ough.

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