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Milford Pumpkin Festival features wine tasting, motorcycle show

Thursday, September 27, 2012

By KELLY GADOMSKI

For The Cabinet

A motorcycle show will be one of the new events at the town’s annual Great Pumpkin Festival, scheduled for next weekend, Oct. 5-7.

The cycle show will feature custom and vintage bikes – 30 years older or more – and will be held on the Oval from 5:30-9 p.m. Friday. There will be prizes in several categories, and judging will begin at 7 p.m. Bikers are asked to get to the Oval from 5-6 p.m.

Registration is $15 for the first bike, $10 for each additional bike.

The festival opens at 5 p.m. Friday with music on the Oval and the Pumpkin Runner making his way for the Lighting of the Pumpkins in the Milford Town Hall. The Milford Historical Society also will announce the Milford Citizen of the Year. Those who dare can take a walk along the Haunted Trail. 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.

“The last few years, there have been thousands of people who come out,” and last year was one of the best years, said Tracy Hutchins, executive director of the Milford Improvement Team. “Friday night brought out more people than I’ve ever seen; it’s growing every year. All we are hoping for is some good weather.”

Also new this year is Suds N’ Spirits, featuring New Hampshire-produced beers by Tuckerman Brewing, Bellavance Beverage and Martha’s Exchange Restaurant, wine by Sweet Baby Vineyard and LaBelle Winery, mead by Sap House Meadery, and rum by Sea Hagg Distillery. Tasting goes 5:50-8:30 p.m. Saturday on the Community House Lawn. Tickets are $10 to taste all. Identification is required, and everyone will be carded.

Not new, but always anticipated, is the Atlas Fireworks display at 8:45 p.m. Friday.

In addition, kids can make scarecrows or have their faces painted on the Community House lawn. Food will include soup, doughnuts, waffles, smoked ribs and hot cider.

“The food is going to be fantastic this year, and we have a few new food vendors,” Hutchins said.

Come back to the Amato Center at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, to cheer on the brave souls performing in the sixth annual Pumpkin Festival Talent Show. Contestants from all over New Hampshire will sing, dance, perform acrobatics and display other unique talents for a chance to win $500 and bragging rights. Tickets on sale at www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org.

The last day to sign up for the talent show is Sept. 27. Auditions are Saturday, Sept. 29, in the Milford Town Hall auditorium.

Also on tap is the Milford Lions Club Ugly & Costumed Dog Contest, set for Sunday, Oct. 7, in Emerson Park.

Music will be on two stages, with more than 30 local bands and singers performing country, bluegrass, symphony, folk and rock ‘n’ roll.

The Milford Great Pumpkin Festival is organized on behalf of the town by the Milford Improvement Team. Primary festival sponsors include Kokko Realty, Centrix Bank, Atlas Pyrotechnics and Custos Morum Lodge 42. Event sponsors are Alene Candles, Amigos Restaurant, Ciardelli Fuels, Chop Shop Cycles, Contemporary Chrysler-Dodge, DGN Motorsports, Eaton & Berube Insurance, First Colebrook Bank, Granite State Credit Union, JP Pest Services, Lake Sunapee Bank, Ledgewood Bay Assisted Living, Maple Brook Dentistry, Milford Lumber, the Pasta Loft Restaurant, St. Mary’s Bank, Souhegan Motorsports, Triangle Credit Union and Toyota of Nashua.

For more information on the festival, call 249-0676, email director@ milfordimprovementteam.org or visit www.milfo rdpumpkinfestival.org.

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