Annual Pumpkinfest picking up again in Confluence
Pumpkins symbolize fall — and an annual festival in Confluence.
For many people, early autumn means frosty mornings, nippy nights and multicolored leaves. For residents of the southern Somerset County community of Confluence, the season means one other thing — the annual Pumpkinfest.
This year’s rite of autumn, to be celebrated Friday through Sunday, will offer activities and attractions for people of all ages and interests, according to organizers.
The celebration will officially kick off at 7 p.m. Friday at Turkeyfoot Valley High School with the selection of the festival queen. A queen’s dance will follow at 9 p.m. at the Confluence Community Center.
Saturday’s schedule will include the River and Wind Challenge Bike Tour, health screenings at 9 a.m., a garden tractor pull at 10 a.m., bingo at noon and a performance by the Bill Springer Band.
A pumpkin pie and recipe contest will be held at 1 p.m., the Tough Man Fire Truck Pull will start at 4 p.m. and the band Slim Chance will perform at 6 p.m.
Farmers and gardeners are asked to bring their biggest pumpkins to the community center by 3 p.m. on Saturday for judging.
Pumpkins entered some years required a forklift to unload them from the trucks that hauled them in, said Todd Suder, chairman of the festival committee. But dry conditions last year resulted in fewer and smaller entries.
Suder said that with the wet summer, organizers hope to see more impressive pumpkins again this year.
The final day of the celebration will begin with a concert by High Rider at 9 a.m., followed by a 5K race at 10 a.m.
Antique and classic cars will be on display beginning at noon and Georgia Lee and Stone Cold Country will give a concert at 12:30 p.m.
Pie lovers are invited to skip lunch and enter the pumpkin-pie eating contest at 1 p.m. The contest will be followed by a duck race on the Casselman River at 2 p.m.
A new attraction this year will be a tractor square dancing show at 2:30 p.m. The Ursina Band will play at 3 p.m. The festivities will wrap up with a grand feature parade at 5 p.m.
The festival will also include dozens of craft vendors and food booths that will open Friday afternoon and offer everything from kettle corn to souvenir T-shirts.
Admission to the festival is free and most events will be held at the Confluence Community Park on Logan Place. For more information, contact Suder at 814 395-3313.