Highland News Leader

PumpkinFest is this weekend

The Highland Civic Woman’s Club hold its PumpkinFest from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17 and from noon to 5 p.m. on on Sunday, Oct. 18.

Formerly known as the “Pumpkin Patch,” the club has done much more than simply change the name of this fun fall festival. This year, the event will be held on the grounds of the Highland VFW Post 5694, located at 1900 VFW Road in south Highland. The new location offers plenty of room to spread out in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Also, American Banner Amusement Co. will be joining the event, bringing eight to 10 carnival rides, a bounce house, and classic carnival food.

Daniken Farms will have fresh pumpkins for sale.

The Civic Woman’s Club will also be selling paint your own baby pumpkins for the little ones to paint at our craft station. There will also be a wine glass painting craft for the ladies. The Civic

Woman’s will also be providing two corn boxes for the little ones to play in, sponsored by Oberbeck Grain Co. of Highland.

There will also be a raffle, more than 20 local artisans, crafters, home sales vendors, and food vendors in attendance.

Locally made fresh kettle corn available for purchase. The Civic Woman’s Club will be selling pumpkin spice cappuccinos, fresh coffee, hot apple cider, soda, pizza, hot dogs, caramel apples in a bowl, and its famous Crispy Treats.

And what’s a fall festival without a pie eating contest? Registration for the annual pumpkin pie eating contest on will be from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. Entry is $5 and open to all ages 7 and up. Children under 18 years old must have signed parental consent. The contest will begin at 3 p.m. on the main stage. Winners in each of four age groups will be awarded with a trophy.

Are you a master pumpkin carver? Perhaps you would like to enter one of your creations in the Carved Pumpkin Contest. Entry is free. Bring your pre-carved pumpkin creation to the VFW anytime, beginning Saturday at 9 a.m. Judging is based on monetary donations from the general public. Whichever pumpkin collects the most money, wins. The winner will be awarded with a trophy, and bragging rights. Pumpkins must be picked up by 6 p.m. on Sunday, or they will be disposed of.

Throughout the festival visitors will enjoy live music by The Other Guys and DJ services on the main stage.

Voegele Photography will also be on hand with a fantastic fall setting, to take your keepsake photos, which will be available in your choice of packages for sale.

The Civic Woman’s Club is a group of local volunteer women, who are committed to raising funds for the good of the community. All of proceeds are donated right back into the Highland community.

For more information regarding PumpkFest 2015, or on the Highland Civic Woman’s Club, visit the group’s Facebook pages or the Highland Chamber of Commerce website.

Special Events

▪ Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

▪ Carved Pumpkin Contest

▪ Fall Theme Photos

▪ Craft/Vendor Fair