Groups benefit from Milford Pumpkin Festival

To the Editor:

The 26th annual Milford Pumpkin Festival is upon us – happening in and around the historic Milford Oval over Columbus Day weekend, Oct. 9-11.

Besides being one of the most highly anticipated, family-friendly fall fes­tivals in New England each year, Mil­ford’s Pumpkin Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to the town’s downtown.

Visitors experience Milford at its finest and enjoy a wide range of fun activities. But they also witness the community spirit of local volunteers, the support from local businesses and the important role the downtown area plays in our community. The Pumpkin Festival is a community event put on by an army of volunteers.

In 2015, come to the festival, and while you are there having a great time, please support the multitude of Milford area nonprofits, civic groups, sports teams, Scout troops, school clubs and others who will be there working hard all weekend to raise funds to support their own endeavors. All the money raised by these groups at the festival stays in the community – as new uniforms for our teams and bands, scholarships for our students, service trips for our church youth groups and Scout troops, toward find­ing a cure for a disease, and so much more.

Here is a list of who to look for at this year’s festival – I hope I didn’t miss anyone. Maps are available in the Pumpkin Festival Guide as well as at www.milfordpumpkinfestival.org.

On Community House Lawn and vi­cinity:

Milford Lions Club, Milford Conser­vation Commission, Cub Scout Troop 4, MHS Spanish Club, Child’s Nature School, Amherst Area Newcomers Group, Pine Hill Waldorf School, MHS Best Buddies, Milford Mustangs foot­ball and cheer, Diamond Gems soft­ball, Milford United Methodist Church Youth Group, Boy Scout Troop 4, MHS soccer team, MHS Music Boosters, UU Church, Milford Historical Society, Recreation Department Commission.

At TD Bank on South Street:

Souhegan Valley Dollars for Schol­ars and their annual pumpkin catapult.

On the Oval:

Girl Scouts, MHS Music Boosters, Wadleigh Library, Boy Scout Troop 407,Greater Nashua Medical Reserve Corps, St. Joseph Hospital, Donate Life, Milford VFW.

On Middle Street and vicinity:

Milford Rotary and Interact Club, Milford Community Athletic Associa­tion, Milford Ambulance Reserve, Wil­ton Ambulance blood marrow drive, Nashua Regional Planning Commis­sion, Diamondbacks softball team, Milford Fire Department waffle break­fast, Odd Fellows of Milford.

In Emerson Park and beyond:

Girl Scout Troop 10050, Alisha’s Love Child Foundation, Burns Hill Church, the Masonic Lodge and De­Molay Youth Group, Souhegan Valley Boys & Girls Club, Crossway Christian Church, Next-Gen NH.

Pumpkin Festival 5K on Sunday benefiting Milford track and field.

Others groups: MHS soccer, MHS Football Boosters.

Wendy Hunt

Executive Director

Milford Improvement Team