September 15, 2019

The Ivoryton Village Pumpkin Festival Today

Some Pumpkins from Last Year's Festival

The Ivoryton village pumpkin festival will be held this year on Oct. 30. The first pumpkin festival was held at the Ivoryton Village Green in 2000. It started as a modest event that was held in the hopes of attracting visitors to the village. They had only 150 or so carved pumpkins lit around green that year and many people visited the village green to enjoy the free refreshments and view the pumpkins. The festival was declared a success and has been held the Saturday before halloween every year since.

The festival was inspired by the Keene, New Hampshire festival that draws thousands of visitors and now holds the Guinness Book of World Record with over 28,000 pumpkins. The 2009 Ivoryton Festival saw a record breaking 350 Pumpkins on display and organizers are hoping 2010 will be another record breaking year. The festival organizers would like to challenge every family that attends to bring a carved pumpkin.

Pumpkin drop-off will take place at the Ivoryton Village Green between 10a.m. and 4p.m.  The Park and Recreation Department will be hosting a pumpkin carving station starting at 10a.m.  Pumpkins will be free (as supplies last) however the pumpkins must remain at the festival until the pumpkin pick up at 8:30pm.

Other free activities at the festival will include cookie decorating with the volunteers from Child and Family Services of Southeastern Connecticut, a pumpkin seed spitting contest and a pumkpin pie-eating contest. Ivoryton Library will also be holding a scary story hour and have a week-long schedule of eerie events.

Refreshments at the festival will be free while they last and live music will be provided by Federation.  For the Complete event schedule including times and locations visit us on the web. www.essexct.gov

Please contact us if you are interested in becoming an Ivoryton Pumpkin Festival volunteer: Essex Park and Recreation Phone: 860-767-4340 x110 or 148 E-mail: recreation@essexct.gov

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