By SHERIDAN CYR
The town of Plainville’s annual PumpkinFest is right around the corner.
On Saturday, Oct. 20, from 4 to 8 p.m., several family-fun activities are planned to take place at the outdoor community festival in front of the municipal center.
The PumpkinFest features live music, a kids’ costume parade, games, a pie eating contest, a variety of food trucks, a haunted house and many local vendors.
All are invited to bring their own carved pumpkins, or carve one at the pumpkin patch. Hosts of the festival will light up the carved pumpkins and display them on the lawn of the library for all to see.
The band All Washed Up will play live music downtown. The kids’ costume parade grows year after year. Children are encouraged to attend the event in their Halloween costumes and march in the parade, starting at 4:45 p.m. There will also be bounce houses, a haunted house at the Mason’s Lodge, and a photo-opportunity with live snakes.
“It’s a fantastic, free event,” said Kris Dargenio. “Come on downtown, bring your families, meet your neighbors, and eat, shop, dance and play.”
There are close to 100 volunteers who come together to put on the annual PumpkinFest. Local businesses are always accountable to help out and join in on the fun. Sponsors of the “Pumpkin Tower” include Dattco Bus, Kaestle Boos Associates architects, Wheeler Clinic foster care, Northeast Produce, Gnazzos, Carrier and Zarella Farms, who donated 150 pumpkins.
There will be 15 to 18 food trucks this year, including Deb’s Café, Low & Slow Catering, Family Brick Oven Pizza, Sweet Treats Catering Plus, Tater Schack, 3 Chicks Grill, Chef Bill’s Peppermill Grill-Makin Bacon, Shoreline Prime, Vinci’s Concessions, Sherman’s Taphouse (formerly Lee Lee’s Kitchen) and Christiano;s Mobile and several others.
More than 50 vendors will be on site selling unique items for guests to enjoy.
Shuttle busses are arranged to smoothly transport visitors to the festival. Park at Plainville High School on Robert Holcomb Way, where shuttle busses will be running continuously to the downtown area. All shuttles will drop off in front of the Park & Recreation department/Post Office on Whiting Street.
“We donate all proceeds to the Plainville Community Fund,” explained Dargenio. “The first year, we gave $4,500. The second year, we gave $6,000 and last year we gave $7,000. We’re hoping to give more than ever this year.”
There is no admission fee to attend the PumpkinFest. Funds are raised through the help of sponsorships and participating vendors.
To get involved or to find more information about the PumpkinFest, visit plainvillepumpkinfest.com or visit their Facebook page. The next planning committee meeting will convene on Tuedsay, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in room 302 of the Municipal Center.