The festival includes a full day of activities and fun for all ages. Visitors will enjoy bluegrass entertainment by the Boro Boogie Pickers, pumpkin carving, games and other activities during the festival, which is a joint fund-raiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum. A 50/50 drawing will be held during the event.
The ever-popular “pumpkin-chuckin” trebuchet will run throughout the day. Trebuchets—giant catapult devices—have their origins in the middle ages and are defined in one dictionary as “medieval stone-throwing engines of war.”
“Modern trebuchets like ours hurl pumpkins, not stones, and are engines of fun,” said Debbie Pflager, pumpkin festival co-chair. “Our trebuchet was constructed for us several years ago by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model. A horn is blown just before each pumpkin is launched, and spectators love to see how far they fly.”
As targets for the flying pumpkins, scarecrows and a large “pumpkin pie” structure will be placed “down field” of the trebuchet, Pflager said.
Another popular activity is the scarecrow-making workshop. Participants may bring their own long-sleeve shirts, pants and hats, or use clothes provided. Straw and instructions are also provided.
Visitors can try their hands at the corn toss game and pumpkin bowling. Kids will enjoy face painting and a corn necklace workshop, where children create their own naturally colorful corn necklaces using needles and thread. Tractor-drawn hayrides and photo board setups provide fun and great photo opportunities.
A lunch of traditional black bean or vegetable soup, homemade bread, cider and an apple is included in the price of admission, which is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children age 3 and under. Hot dogs, soda and coffee will be sold separately. In addition, a bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies.
Pumpkins will be available for purchase, priced by size. A team of pumpkin artists will be on hand to help guests carve their pumpkins during the festival. Safe carving tools and adult supervision will be provided.
The event is underwritten by M & T Bank, and by Today’s Horizon Fund contributors, The Carolyn Terry Eddy Family: Carolyn, with daughters Connie Fleagle & Kim Larkin; PenMar Development Corporation; and the Nora Roberts Foundation. Facility support provided courtesy of Renfrew Museum and Park.
Renfrew Museum will be open for tours from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., for an additional charge. Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road. Limited handicapped parking is available behind the Visitor’s Center barn. For more information, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or the museum at 717-762-4723.