Fall fun in Frackville
Frackville carves out fun at annual festival
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.
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.