24th Milford Pumpkin Festival features new events
Thursday, September 19, 2013
MILFORD – The Milford Great Pumpkin Festival will celebrate its 24th year from Friday-Sunday, Oct. 11-13.
The festival will open at 5 p.m. Friday and get into full swing with music on the Oval, the Chili Roundup and Beer, Wine n’ Spirits Tasting on the Community House Lawn from 5:30-8:30.
At 6:30, the elusive masked man known as The Pumpkin Runner will wind his way through the Oval to officially kick off the festival with the “lighting” of Town Hall, followed by the presentation of Milford’s Citizen of the Year Award. Fireworks will cap off the evening at 8:45 p.m.
The best of the southern New Hampshire music scene will be on two stages all weekend featuring diverse musical styles. There will be rock ’n’ roll from local favorites Russell Hill, the Transistors and the Slakas, jazz and funk from The Kid Jazz Band and B3, and Studio Two. Country and acoustic will be from Rob Oxford, Rich & Bobby, and Amy Conley. Traditional music will be performed by the New Englanders.
At the Amato Center for the Performing Arts at 8 p.m. Saturday, cheer on the brave souls performing in the seventh annual Pumpkin Festival Talent Show. Contestants will sing, dance, perform acrobatics and display other talents for a chance to win $500.
The show is sponsored by Mount Washington College. Tickets are available at www.milfordpumpkin
As dark falls on the festival, who knows what may crawl out of the woods? Those who dare can talk a walk along the Haunted Trail from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Those who are feeling a little “undead” may want to don their best zombie attire for the first Zombie Walk from 6-8 p.m. Saturday.
There are several returning favorites, such as the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In, the Pumpkin Catapult, scarecrow making and face painting, all on the Oval and the Community House Lawn. Food and arts and crafts will be found on Middle Street and in the Town Hall Auditorium.
The Pumpkin Festival is organized by the Milford Improvement Team. For more information, call 249-0676, email director
team.org or visit www.