Annual Pumpkin Festival on tap this weekend

MILFORD – It isn’t often that a vegetable gets this much attention, but the yellow squash called pumpkins will be the stars of the show this weekend in downtown Milford.

Some of the biggest pumpkins in New England will be on display dur­ing the town’s 27th annual Pumpkin Festival that will fill the Oval, the Community House lawn, Middle Street and Emer­son Park starting Friday evening.

Downtown will be filled with food vendors, musicians on two sound stages, a craft fair, carved pumpkins, a haunted trail and, for those older than 21, a beer tasting with products from 15 New Hampshire brewers.

For kids, there will be pumpkin painting, face painting, scarecrow mak­ing and bounce houses.

The haunted trail in Emerson Park will offer thrills and chills from 6-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Tickets are $5, and children younger than 12 must be accom­panied by an adult.

Food includes soup, hot cider, doughnuts, waffles and smoked ribs.

Everyone who stays until dark Friday night will be treated to a fireworks display visible around the Oval.

Over the three days, 35,000 people are expect­ed to eat, drink and be merry amid thousands of pumpkins big and small.

On Sunday, there will be a waffle breakfast at the firehouse on School Street, and a Milford Historical Society tour will start at 8:30 a.m.

Nearby parking will be virtually nonexistent, so shuttle buses – with stops at Milford Middle School on Osgood Road and in front of Milford High School on West Street – will run continually throughout the weekend, taking people back and forth to Bales School, located across from the Community House lawn.