Pumpkin Festival set to launch

Would-be participants advised to get a head start on their entry for Great Pumpkin Launch Oct. 26

It’s never too early to start thinking pumpkin as the 13th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival  Oct. 26 will again feature the Great Pumpkin Launch, and would-be participants are being advised to get a head start on their entry.

The early notice also encourages the kids to do something creative before school starts.

Teams are encouraged to build a catapult, slingshot or cannon, then use it to send pumpkins towards a target.

There are no restrictions in building the entry other than the launch must be people-powered.

Trials will take place Saturday, Oct. 26, between noon and 1:30 p.m. Launching begins at 2 p.m. at the IPE fairgrounds behind the horticulture building. Pumpkins will be provided – five for trial run and five for the contest.

Prizes for closest to the target, distance and best team costume will be awarded.

Challenge a club or business to build a better launch than yours. See who can launch their pumpkin furthest and claim the title King or Queen of the Pumpkin Launch.

The entry fee is $25 per entry, which will go towards prizes. Entry fee is waived for school or youth group entries.

Harvest Pumpkin Festival celebrates arts, culture and families and has grown from a one-day event to a festival spanning 14 days that features fun for everyone.

For more information on the 13th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival, or other events, visit  www.aschamber.com or find them on Facebook.