Giant Pump­kin and Har­vest Fes­ti­val in Len­noxville this week­end

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

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.

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