OSWEGO, NY – The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce invites you to celebrate the harvest season at the Annual CNY Great Pumpkin Festival.
Scheduled for October 4 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and October 5 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the CNY Great Pumpkin Festival will fill Washington Square Park with crafters, fresh from the farm produce, food vendors, music, and games and rides for children of all ages.
The Great Pumpkin Weigh-In will take place on October 4 beginning at 10 a.m.
The giant pumpkins will be on display at the CNY Great Pumpkin Festival Saturday only.
The two-day event will also feature a wide variety of entertainment and activities including:
- Air Hops, and Face Painting for the kids
- Arts and Crafts Vendors
- Carnival Rides and Games
50 / 50 Drawing
In addition there will be live performances each day.
Entertainers scheduled to perform include:
- The Domicolo / Barlow Band 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday
- Lisa Lee, 1:30 – 3:30 – p.m. Saturday
- Long Time Coming – 4 – 6 p.m. Saturday
- Sunday entertainment to be announced
The planning committee also announced that this year’s CNY Great Pumpkin Festival will host several new events:
Pumpkin Pie Contest – Individuals from throughout Oswego County are encouraged to breakout their favorite pumpkin pie recipe and enter their homemade pumpkin pie for a chance to own bragging rights to the best tasting pumpkin pie in Oswego County. The contest will feature two categories, one for individual community members and one for restaurants and bakeries.
The Golden Pumpkin Award – Awarded to the restaurant / eatery that offers the most unique pumpkin themed menu item the week prior to the CNY Great Pumpkin Festival.
Pumpkin Carving Contest – In an attempt to break the official record for the most lit jack-o-lanterns in one location, a record currently held by the Keene, NH, Pumpkin Festival with a total 30,581 jack-o-lanterns, school age children are encouraged to enter as many jack-o-lanterns as they like.
“We want to emphasize the agricultural aspect of the festival. We are not only focusing on the giant pumpkins, we are celebrating all things pumpkin! In addition to the pumpkin pie contest we are encouraging all food vendors to offer at least one or two pumpkin related foods or beverages. We anticipate everything from pumpkin flavored coffee and pumpkin spiced fried dough to pumpkin breads and cookies. The possibilities are endless and we encourage our vendors to be creative,” said Committee Chairperson, John Zanewych.
Last year, more than 30 growers entered giant pumpkins in hopes of tipping the scales with the heaviest pumpkin. In addition a variety of squash, gourds, tomatoes, and other produce were entered for competition.
“The CNY Great Pumpkin Festival is one of the highlights of the fall season,” added Jackie Thorpe, membership coordinator for the chamber. “I invite everyone to join us in Washington Square Park for two days of pumpkins, food, and fun for the whole family as we celebrate all things pumpkin!”
For more information on the Central New York Great Pumpkin Festival contact the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681.