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Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival

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Celebrating 50 years with no entrance fee at the corner of Routes 528 and 322 in Huntsburg (44046). Contests, entertainment, attractions parking and shuttle service from the parking areas to the festival grounds 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. are free. Vendors and crafters will fill two buildings and there will be a midway of fabulous food. Join in one of the free contests with ribbons and trophies awarded to the winners.

This year attractions include Outback Ray, Classic Car Show, Melanie May, Fort Huntsburg Country Band, Cardinal School Show Choir the Cardinaires, The Cardinal School Marching Band, Bagpipe performance by Geauga Highlanders, The Usual Suspects Band, K-9 Demos by Geauga County Sheriff’s Dept., The University Hospital Pet Pals and the Walnut Hill Cloggers. The Super parade is Sunday at 2:15 p.m. General Information and a schedule of events is at www.destinationgeauga.com and www.huntsburgpumpkinfestival.com.

Wanted: Floats for the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival Parade, Sunday, Oct. 6 at 2:15 p.m. The theme is “Celebrating 50 Years.” Contact Michele at 440-636-3368. Award for best dressed pet in costume.

The Huntsburg Pumpkin Run on Oct. 6 traverses a scenic part of the Buckeye Trail. It starts at 9 am., registration begins 8 a.m. at Grandview Golf Club parking lot. Entry fee is $15, free T-shirt to the first 50 to enter. The 96 acre Headwaters Park trail winds along the water, over a stream, through fields and woods.   

The Pancake Breakfast is open each day from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. It features all -you-can-eat Fowler Milling Company’s buttermilk and pumpkin pancake mix, Bob Evans Original Sausage Links with Natural Maple Syrup from Huntsburg Maple Syrup Producers.  Adults $7, Seniors $6 Child Ages 5 –12 $4. Children under 5 are Free.

Carved and Decorated Pumpkin Show entries should be brought to the Huntsburg Center Pavilion on Oct. 5 between 9:30 and 10:30 am. All entries must remain until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. Categories are: Adult Carved Pumpkin (ages 13 and up). Adult Decorated Pumpkin (ages 13 and up). Youth Carved Pumpkin (ages 12 and under). Youth Decorated Pumpkin (ages 12 and under). Scarecrows: Standing, sitting, straw, wood or newspaper – anything goes – head need not be pumpkin. Totem Poles: Five or more pumpkins, squash or gourds

Baking Contest Registration is Oct. 5 by 8 a.m. at the Town Hall. Judging at 10 a.m. All entries must contain pumpkin. Categories are Under 13 Anything pumpkin and Pumpkin Pie. Bakers 13 and over may enter Traditional Pumpkin Pies, Cakes, Breads, and other items.  Non-traditional pumpkin pies will be entered in the other category. 

Tot King and Queen Contest ages 4 – 6 register in the Town Hall Oct. 5 at 10 am. Call Jeannette, 440-636-5354.

Giant Pumpkin Show – register and weigh in on Oct. 3 between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Huntsburg Center Pavilion. Call Jerry, 440-636-5145. Largest Pumpkin – cash award – natural weight. Natural Field Pumpkin – largest size. Largest Zucchini – natural weight. Largest Potato – natural weight. Largest Sunflower – width of head.

Classic Car Show Rain or shine. No admission fee Oct. 5 and 6 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. behind Huntsburg Elementary School. People’s Choice trophy awarded, Driver’s Award Trophy (each with a $50 cash prize) and Kid’s Pic Trophy each day. A Participation Plaque for the first 20 cars each day.  

Pumpkin Queen Contest for high school girls in the 10th, 11th and 12th grades for all Geauga county schools. Call Diane Hunt, 440-552-4264 by Sept. 29. A Cash Prize will be awarded to the elected Queen.

Junior Queen Contest for middle school girls in sixth, seventh and eighth grades attending any Geauga County school. A Cash Prize will be awarded to the elected Queen. To register, call Jessica Jackson, 440-636-3172 by Sept. 29.

Archery shoots by Geauga Bowmen Archery Club are youth and beginner friendly. Visit www.geaugabowmen.com. 

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