Paint town orange
Carve out some fun at festival in Frackville
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.
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.