By Colleen Lockhart
Huntsburg Grange #2541 has been given the honor of serving as the Parade Marshall on this 50-year celebration of the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival.
In 1969 Huntsburg Grange Master Paul Adams and his wife, then Grange secretary Dorothy and two other Grange members, Ralph and Kathryn Byrne, traveled to Circleville, Ohio, and came back with the idea to start a Pumpkin Festival of their own in Huntsburg. The first was held in 1970 on the third weekend in October. After a couple of years, it was changed to earlier in October because of inclement weather, including snow.
Huntsburg Grange was organized on Dec. 14, 1931 and is going strong today. The Grange has always been depended upon to support the community and for their yearly activities, including rebuilding and maintaining the bandstand, holding summer concerts, Memorial Day remembrance, annual Chili Cook-Off in March, open house and rummage sale in April, hobo bingo at Pumpkin Festival and creating and maintaining the June Thurling Memorial Garden.
The son of one of the festival founders, Bob Adams, and his wife, Kathy, participated in the Grange for over 40 years. They are selling their family farm and will be moving out of state at the end of October. The community has enjoyed their roadside pumpkin and sweet corn sales for almost 52 years. They originally sold three dozen ears of corn for 50 cents. Their family and friends will have a chance to express their thanks and good-byes to them when they join the Grange in the parade on Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:15 p.m.