It’s time to celebrate the pumpkin in Armstrong and Spallumcheen.
The 15th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival, presented by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, is underway.
“With school back in, and everybody getting back into a routine, the festival has people ready to celebrate,” said Patti Noonan, the chamber’s executive director. “It’s truly a celebration of fall and family.”
Community events highlight the first week of the festival.
Today’s events range from visiting Glaicar’s Pumpkin Patch on St. Anne’s Road to family ice skating at the Nor-Val Sports Centre, family roller skating at the Hassen Arena and a screening of Fantastic Four at Centennial Theatre.
There are a number of events planned throughout the week leading to Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 10.
Things will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the IPE grounds with the Armstrong Farmers’ Market, the Valley First Feed the Valley Pancake Breakfast, the Armstrong Regional Co-op’s giant pumpkin weigh-in, and the Rancho Vignola/Rogers Foods Somethin’ Pumpkin baking contest.
Events at 10 a.m. will include the Some Like It Hot chili cookoff, face painting, Askew’s Foods’ cupcake decorating, petting soon, the SPARC pumpkin carving and North Okanagan Lawn Tractor practice and racing.
The Armstrong Legion presents rutabaga bowling at 11, along with family scarecrow building and results from the giant pumpkin weigh-in and chili cookoff.
Trials for the VantageOne Great Pumpkin Launch begin at 12:15, with the actual launch event starting at 1 p.m.
The major event of Sunday, Oct. 11, is metal mayhem at its finest.
For the third year in a row, the Armstrong Demolition Derby will run in the IPE main ring from 10 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m.
On Thanksgiving Monday, families and everyone are encouraged to take part in the Great Pumpkin Run at the IPE grounds.
Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the horticulture building, a race warm-up is slated for 9:45 a.m. and the run begins at 10 a.m.
A full list of events and sponsors can be found at www.aschamber.com, or on the chamber’s Facebook page.