By Joseph Cyr
STACYVILLE — The second annual Pumpkin Festival was a big success Oct. 23 and plans are already under way for next year’s event. According to organizer Linda Smith, turnout for the festival was up this year, despite the weather being less than ideal.
SNOW PUMPKIN — This snowman pumpkin was popular.
“We had a great turnout,” she said. “The weather still wasn’t great with the wind blowing so hard, but it wasn’t raining like last year. I kept reminding myself that fact. The kids also loved the hay maze and bounce house.”
Numerous children participated in the costume parade and seven floats were decorated for the light parade. The Katahdin High School junior class won first place with its Cinderella-themed float. The Rockabema Snow Rangers were second and Richardson’s Hardware finished third in the judging.
PUMPKIN CARVIN’ — A trailer shows off the many carved pumpkins featured at the annual Pumpkin Festival in Stacyville Oct. 23. Close to 300 pumpkins were carved up for the event.
“We ended up with close to 300 pumpkins, but we couldn’t get them lit because of the wind,” Smith said. “Dr. Yuck and Professor Pain were there carving pumpkins for people that didn’t want to carve them themselves. Danielle Wooster and Don Carver were also there with their miniature horse giving free carriage rides.”
In addition, a few volunteers from Katahdin High School’s art club did face painting, but the big hit of the day was the junior class’ pie-throwing booth where participants paid $1 to throw a pie in someone’s face.
“All in all it was a great day, just without the big pumpkin lighting to end the night,” she said.
ROYALTY — Katarena Taylor plays the part of Cinderella during the costume parade at the annual Pumpkin Festival in Stacyville Oct. 23.