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.