12th Annual Pumpkin Festival to kick off Friday

NORWICH – There’s just enough time left before the holiday season rolls around for one final downtown, community-based gathering as the 12th Annual Pumpkin Festival kicks off Friday.

The two-day event, which typically draws between 3,000 and 5,000 spectators throughout the weekend, is an opportunity for residents county-wide to enjoy a variety of games, contests, activities and entertainment, according to Pumpkin Festival coordinator Pegi LoPresti.

“We’re just hoping that everyone remembers to bring their carved pumpkins down to help with our pumpkin count,” said LoPresti. “There’s literally a contest or activity for everyone and I think it’s great that we can offer all of these activities free for the community.”

Chairman of the Pumpkin Festival Board of Directors Gary Brightman reported it takes an extremely large and dedicated group of volunteers to get things set up for Pumpkin Fest. Preparations typically take up the entire week leading up to the event.

“We’re hoping it will be an enjoyable experience for everyone this year,” he added.

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