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Rumford Pumpkin Fest on the Island
RUMFORD -- Get ready for the Rumford Pumpkin Fest on the Island from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20.
Envision Rumford is sponsoring this event in their ongoing effort to bring people to the downtown in the hopes they'll frequent the shops and restaurants there. Volunteers at this event, for an hour or all day, would be much welcomed. To do so, call 364-3355, ext. 221, or 364-4593.
The day gets underway with a pumpkin pancake breakfast from 9-11 a.m. at the American Legion.
From 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., there will be a pumpkin painting contest drop off for ages 3-5 and 6-12, a pumpkin carving contest drop off for ages 13 and up, and a pumpkin dessert contest drop off. Following judging, the winners will be announced at 1 p.m.
From 11-2, there will be an apple cider demonstration and tasting, as well as face painting. Also at this time, there will be free kids pictures taken in a pumpkin hole, courtesy of Cherry in Ink Plaza.
From 11 a.m. until gone, there will be a $5 cookie walk. People fill up a bowl, choosing from a variety of cookies.
From 11-4, there will be a class car display on River Street by the Western Maine Street Rods. During the time, the National Guard will have a vehile open for kids games, the Junior Firefighters will take a table, Med-Care will have an ambulance on display, and the Mexico Police Explorers will have their Hummer for display.
Up until 12:45 p.m., people can take sheets on a table on Congress Street for a 10-items scavenger hunt from 1-2 p.m., with gift certificates from local businesses as prizes.
There will be registration all day for the culminating event -- a seed splitting contest. Hotel Rumford has agreed to sponsor this and will supply a trophy for the seed splitter achieving the longest distance.
There will be wagon rides offered during the event, with musical entertainment by Gary Petrie and Jamie Virgin from 11-1, and Hot Flash from 1-3. WOXO radio will be doing a live remote. There will also be a 50/50 during this event.
In the event of rain, activities will take in the fire station and in the Rumford Falls Auditorium.
As part of this event, there is also a "Decorate Your Store Contest."
Start decorating and be done by Oct. 12. Judging will take place from Oct. 13-17. A trophy will be presented on Oct. 20.