Scarecrows like these

Scarecrows like these

Pumpkin festival launches

The 13th annual Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Harvest Pumpkin Festival continues.

On the ground, in recipes, in the air.

Armstrong-Spallumcheen is awash in pumpkins as the 13th annual Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce Harvest Pumpkin Festival continues.

The big one-day pumpkin festival runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the IPE Grounds with the feature event being the always popular pumpkin catapult.

Pumpkins are launched in the air by teams who have built catapults. Trials start at noon and the competition begins at 1 p.m.

Also during the festival will be the popular lawnmower races beginning at 11 a.m.

There’s a chili cook off with proceeds to support community events.

Chili costs a toonie.

Rancho Vignola’s Somethin’ Pumpkin cooking contest will feature local dishes that contain pumpkin. You have until 11 a.m. Saturday to enter. Prizes will be awarded.

Pumpkin waffles will be served starting at 9 a.m., presented by Valley First Credit Union and its Feed the Valley project. Proceeds will benefit the local food bank.

It’s Armstrong’s 100th birthday in 2013 so there will be a pumpkin light-up featuring 100 pumpkins for 100 years.

“Pick up your free pumpkin, take it home, carve it, then bring it back Halloween night to be included in our light display,” said Patti Noonan, executive director of the Armstrong Spallumcheen chamber of commerce.

As part of the Harvest Pumpkin Festival, Taste The Harvest runs until Halloween.

“Enjoy seasonal favourites at participating restaurants and coffee shops,” said Noonan.

The Hassen Arena will host a Great Pumpkin Family Rollerskate Friday with free admission for anyone in costume.

There is also a Harvest Potluck Supper Friday at the seniors centre.

A Purple Pumpkin contest is underway. Find the pumpkins and win great prizes.

You can also stroll through downtown Armstrong and look for scarecrows on the street. You have until Friday to vote for your favourite scarecrow.

On Sunday, Oct. 27, a pumpkin pie taste contest will be held at the Heaton Place Retirement Community. Judging starts at 2 p.m. You can register at Heath Place or call 250-546-3353.

For Halloween, there will be the Trick or Treat Spooktacular in downtown Armstrong from 3:30 to 5 p.m. During the Treat Spooktacular, the chamber will be giving away free pumpkin treat containers for kids to use during the event (plastic pumpkins with the handles on them); a haunted house, presented by Len Wood Middle School, from 6-9 p.m. at the fairgrounds and a bonfire and fireworks at the fairgrounds starting at dusk, presented by the local fire department.