Pumpkin Festival draws crowd despite the rain

NORWICH – Despite the rainy day, many people came out this weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Norwich Pumpkin Festival. With entertainment, excitement and fun, the event saw more pumkins than last year, with a total of 5,184 pumpkins logged in.

“It was higher than last year, but it was not our highest,” said Pumpkin Festival volunteer and YMCA employee Julie Wallen.

Despite the weather, spectators came out in support of the festival on Friday and Saturday, carving pumpkins in the community carving tent and enjoying the entertainment and festivities.

This year’s Pumpkin Festival included several new and returning contests, all of which offered cash prizes to the winners. Contests this year included the Pumpkin Carving Contest, sponsored by D&S Auto; the Witch and Warlock Contest, sponsored by Frontier; the Doggone Scary Costume Competition, sponsored by the SPCA; the Window Decorating Contest; the Scarecrow Competition, sponsored by the Morrisville State Student Government and the Pumpkin Bake Off.

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