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May 25, 2020








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Ongoing activities:

Amusement rides: Fri., 5 to 8:45 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Live music: Fri., 5 to 9:30 p.m., Sat., 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Sun., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Emerson Park activities: Fri., 6 to 8:45 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Middle St. and Oval activities: Fri., 5 to 9:30 p.m., Sat., 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Community House Lawn activities: Sat., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Craft fair: Sat., 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sun., 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Haunted Trail: Fri. & Sat., 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Pumpkin catapult: Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Special events:
Beer, wine and spirit tent tasting: Fri., 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Opening ceremony: Fri., 6:45 p.m.
Fireworks: Fri., 8:45 p.m.
“Stories from the Stone” historic tours: Sat., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Great Pumpkin Contest Weigh-In: Sat., noon
Zombie Walk: Sat., 6 to 9 p.m.
Pumpkin lighting: Sat., 7 to 7:30 p.m.
Talent show: Sat., 7 p.m.
Milford Pumpkin Festival
When: Friday, Oct. 7, Saturday, Oct. 8, and Sunday, Oct. 9
Where: Various locations in Milford; parking is available at Milford High School (100 West St.) and Milford Middle School (33 Osgood Road), which are both within walking distance
Cost: Free admission, parking and shuttle buses (some activities require a small fee)

Pumpkin mania
Milford Pumpkin Festival returns

By Matt Ingersoll

 Stuff your own scarecrow and catapult pumpkins at the Milford Pumpkin Festival, where you can also sample local food and beer, watch fireworks and a talent show, paint pumpkins, walk along a haunted trail and go on carnival rides.

The Milford Pumpkin Festival — with  free admission, parking and free shuttle buses — returns to several locations across town from Friday, Oct. 7, through Sunday, Oct. 9, for its 27th year.
“There’s plenty to do in the downtown area without having to spend a dime,” said Wendy Hunt, executive director of the Milford Improvement Team, which has organized the festival since 2000. “Everything is within walking distance.”
The festivities begin on Friday, at 5 p.m., with various activities and food and craft vendors along Middle Street and at the Oval. From 5:30 to 9 p.m., a beer, wine and spirit tent will be set up at the Community House Lawn.
“We’ll have almost 20 vendors that will bring their [beers and wines] to sample, and then we’ll have live music by Murphy’s Blues,” Hunt said.
An opening ceremony will kick off at the Oval with the presentation of Milford’s Citizen of the Year Award and the pumpkin runner and Town Hall lighting at 6:45 p.m., followed by fireworks at 8:45 p.m.
The haunted trail will return on Friday and Saturday night from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Emerson Park. The trail features a walk filled with Halloween-themed sets and creatures and costs $5 per person. The trail is suitable for most ages, though kids under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Several ongoing activities will be held at several locations throughout the weekend, including carnival rides, bouncy houses, a climbing wall and more. At the Community House Lawn, enjoy pumpkin painting, face painting and live music.
“The scarecrow-making tent is one of my favorites,” Hunt said. “People will stuff these scarecrows and cruise around them on strollers and wagons during the festival. … We usually have 300 to 400 of them made over the course of the weekend.”
Try your hand at the Pumpkin Catapult by hitting floating scarecrow targets in the Railroad Pond on South Street both Saturday and Sunday.
The Great Pumpkin Contest Weigh-In will be Saturday afternoon at the Oval, where the largest Milford-grown pumpkin and the largest pumpkin overall will both be awarded with cash prizes.
“Last year, we had one of the heaviest ones [ever],” Hunt said. “It’s a lot of fun. We borrow a big forklift from Granite Industrial Trucks and people take crazy selfies with [the pumpkins]. There’s no limit on how many pumpkins can come to the contest.”
The annual talent show, a staple of the festival that features several unknown talents of Milford and beyond, will return to the Amato Center for the Performing Arts on Mont Vernon Road on Saturday at 7 p.m.
“We always have all types of talents from singers and bands to jugglers and comedians,” Hunt said. “It’s always fun for the audiences, participants and judges.”
The festival will also be partnering with Crotched Mountain once again in sponsoring a raffle to win two adult and two youth season passes for the upcoming 2016-2017 season. Raffle tickets to enter to win can be purchased online or by mail at $6 each or five for $22. Mailed entries should be sent to the Milford Improvement Team and ticket sales will close on Sunday, Oct. 9, at 3 p.m.
“I actually used to teach ski lessons [at Crotched Mountain], so I’ve had a really good relationship with them and said I’d love to get involved with them,” Hunt said. “They are one of the biggest sponsors.”
Though nearly every activity at the festival is free, Hunt said profits generated from sponsors and vendor fees by local groups and nonprofits will benefit the Milford Improvement Team.
“We really try to focus on the local nonprofits and community organizations, who make up about a third of all the vendors,” Hunt said. “For the high school band, the Rotary Club and the Lions Club, and some of the church groups and scout groups, this is the biggest fundraiser of the year … Not only that, but the festival drives people to Milford who have never been here before, so I also think there is an economic benefit.” 

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