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Pumpkin Festival taking shape
RUMFORD -- Fresh off the successful Rumford Heritage Festival, there is little rest for EnvisionRumford as they prepare for the second annual Pumpkin Fest of the Island on Saturday, Oct. 12.
The volunteers are organizing a bigger and better event, with more fun things for kids. But there is also a new fun event for the adults -- a hospital bed race!
On Monday afternoon, Tammi Lyons on Envision Rumford called with word they have use of a second gurney to make the race possible. Thanks for Med-Care and Professional Vehicles, Inc. for their donations.
The idea for the 2 p.m. race down Congress Street will be for two two-person teams to race side by side in a gown and hat, pick up a pumpkin and head back without losing "the patient."
The day gets underway with the DownTown dash 5K race, sponsored by the Chamber and the Rotary. Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. with an 8:30 start. The race will begin and finish on River Street.
For more information, contact Sandy Witas at 364-7408 or the Chamber office at 364-3241.
From 8-9:30, there will be pumpkin pancake breakfast at the American Legion, with the help of the Interact kids.
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Black Mountain of Maine Ski Swap will take place at Bartash's on Congress Street. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Rotary Oktoberfest Craft & Book Fair will take place at the Hope Association at the former Rumford Armory.
At 9:45 a.m., people can line up for a costume parade in back of the American Legion. The 10 a.m. parade down Congress Street, which will include the gymnasts from the Greater Rumford Community Center as well as some adults, will be led by Babe, the Blue Ox.
Events from 10 to 3 include the Army Climbing Wall on Exchange Street (must be 16 years of age or older) and an ambulance on display from Med-Care. Geo caching will also start at 10.
Events from 10:30 to 3 include the Rumford Fire Department kids activities in the alley between the fire department and the town office. Ink Maine will offer henna tattoos for $5, which includes a donation for breast cancer research. And there will be a pumpkin hunt.
Also at 10:30 will be a gymnastics demonstration in the GRCC, a kids' seed splitting contest, a $5 cookie walk, and Safe Voices will hold a walk against domestic violence on the Island.
From 10:30-12:30, there will be a pumpkin painting/carving drop off as well as a pumpkin dessert contest drop off. Kids arts and crafts will take place from 10:30 to 2.
From 11-1, there will be a gymnastics jamboree outside.
Events from 11-2 include a basketball free throw competition and a basketball obstacle course competition, an apple cider demonstration and tasting with George Kimball, free kids pictures with the Great Pumpkin, and free wagon rides.
From noon to 2 will be remote control vehicle races for ages eight and up. Also at noon will be an adult strongman competition by Hotel Rumford, and a scavenger hunt.
From 1-3, a kids obstacle course will be offered inside the GRCC.
After the hospital race at 2, there will be an arm wrestling contest at 3, with an adult seed spitting contest at 4.