OSWEGO, NY ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Å“ The Great Pumpkin will make an appearance in the Port City on Saturday.
The 15th annual Central New York Great Pumpkin Fest will be held Saturday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Washington Square Park.
It is sponsored by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oswego
The Great Pumpkin weigh-in will take place Saturday, beginning at 10 a.m.
There is a good possibility one of the winners could be from the Oswego area, organizers believe.
“The weather has been pretty tough on pumpkins this year. We haven’t heard anyone bragging about the size of their pumpkin,” noted Gail Goebricher, special events coordinator for the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce. “We’re not sure how things will turn out. It could be a good year for someone locally.”
The giant pumpkins will be on display at the Great Pumpkin Fest Saturday only, she added.
The Pumpkin Fest committee hopes for another large turnout.
“Pumpkin Fest is up and ready. We are very anxious about the number of entries. As usual, we never know until that morning!” said Connie Cosemento, spokesperson.
The two-day event will feature a wide variety of entertainment and activities including:
Air Hops, and face painting for the kids, wine and cheese tasting, arts and crafts vendors, the annual corn maze, carnival rides and games, and a 50 / 50 raffle.
Entertainers scheduled to perform on Saturday include:
Silver Spur, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Doc Apple, 1 to 3 p.m. and The Jam Bones, 3 to 6 p.m.
The band Halfway to Nowhere, featuring Oswego Idol Tammy Stewart, will be performing throughout the day on Sunday.
“We have the State Senator Darrel Aubertine and State Assemblyman Will Barclay to give out prizes at 3 p.m. Saturday,” Cosemento said. “This year, Raby’s Ace Hardware will provide the ‘hidden weight’ number. In other words, they will provide the ‘weight of a pumpkin that they have in mind’ and the closest to that number without going over will win the coveted prize. In the past the judges have supplied a weight from each of us and we averaged these. We think that this new tweak will add a little more pumpkin spice.”
There will be between 70 to 75 vendors on hand both days, Goebricher said.
Horse and carriage rides will also be offered both days, she said.
“George Krul, a gifted iron worker, has just put the finishing touches on his ‘Krul lifter’ that is considered the Cadillac of giant pumpkin lifters,” Cosemento said. “Each entrant will put his/her name in for a drawing.”
Joe Cortini Jr. of Cortini Shoe Repair in Fulton also worked on the straps for the ‘Krul Pumpkin Lifter.’
Designed for lifting giant pumpkins, the device will be awarded as a prize to a giant pumpkin grower during the festival.
“Our tow motor guys, John will be driving the Burkes Lumber tow motor and Andy will be motoring Anthony Pauldine’s,” Cosemento pointed out. “Kevin Mildenburger hauls in all the way from Canandaigua with the Fairbanks Scale out of Buffalo to oversee the certified weights.”
“Some of our information leads us to believe that the pumpkins did not fare as well this year. Hot weather and too much water stress the fruits,” she continued.
Organizers are hoping the weather remains for through the weekend.
For more information, contact the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce at 343-7681.