10:43 PM EDT, October 11, 2012
The 19th annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival will be Saturday, Oct. 20, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renfrew Park.
The event will be held rain or shine.
The festival includes a full day of activities for all ages. Bluegrass music will be provided by Eric and Kate Avey of the Boro Boogie Pickers. There also will be pumpkin carving, games and other activities during the festival, which is a joint fundraiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum.
Visitors can try their hand at the corn toss game and pumpkin bowling. New this year is a "Pumpkin Ping Pong" game.
Children can have their faces painted and attend a corn necklace workshop, where they can create their own naturally colorful corn necklaces using needles and thread. Tractor-drawn hayrides and photo board setups will be provided, as will a scarecrow-making workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring their own long-sleeved shirts, pants and hats, or they may use clothes provided.
Included in the price of admission is a lunch consisting of soup, bread, cider and an apple. This year, the festival will feature a new variety of homemade soup, traditional ham and bean, in addition to the vegetarian vegetable offered in past years.
Pumpkins will be available for purchase. 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.
Admission costs $8 for adults, $4 for those ages 4 to 12, and is free for those 3 and younger. New this year, Renfrew Museum will hold an open house for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., included with admission to the festival.
For more information, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or the museum at 717-762-4723.
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