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Pumpkinfest to give visitors a better look

TURNERS FALLS — Ghastly orange faces and throngs of festival-goers will again overrun Avenue A Saturday for the third annual Franklin County Pumpkinfest.

This year, the jack-o’-lantern contingent will have a better view of the street, and vice-versa, afforded by display racks built for the festival by students in the Franklin County Technical School’s welding and carpentry programs.

Hoping to fill the four new stands as well as the sidewalks, ledges and trees that have held the pumpkins in previous years, every carved or decorated pumpkin will bring a chance at raffle prizes from area businesses.

Founder and chief organizer Michael Nelson said about a dozen store and restaurant gift certificates will be raffled, and the Purington Farm in Buckland donated 150 pumpkins to be carved on a first-come, first-served basis.

Admission and parking are free, with a free shuttle to the parking lots at the Turners Falls High School, 222 Turnpike Road, and the Sheffield building of Montague Elementary, 43 Crocker Ave. Shuttle service will run from 3 to 10 p.m.

The festival begins at 3 p.m. with a full schedule of music in Peskeomskut Park, also home to the beer tent, with other entertainers and food and craft vendors throughout.

Avenue A will be closed from Second Street to Seventh Street, including the busy Third Street intersection, from noon to midnight.

Pumpkins may be checked in at the station in front of the St. Kazimierz Society building at the corner of Avenue A and Seventh Street beginning at 10 a.m., and a second station will open at 2 p.m. in front of the Subway by the second Street intersection.

Check-in stations offer raffle registration and candles donated by Yankee Candle.

With the forecast changing day to day, Nelson said the event will go ahead as planned regardless of the weather.

“All the events will be occurring whether it is raining or not,” Nelson said.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
ccurtis@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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