There will be lots of pumpkin and agriculture related fun this Saturday, Oct. 26, when the annual Pumpkin Festival takes place in Lovell.
The day will begin with a harvest breakfast served by the Lovell Police Department at the Lovell Fire Hall from 7 to 10 a.m. or until the food runs out, organizer Sue Taylor said.
Proceeds will benefit the Lovell/Rocky Mountain Grad Night Out post-graduation parties.
From 10 a.m. to noon, people are invited to come to the fire hall for a jack-o-lantern/pumpkin decorating party, sponsored by the Lovell High School FFA Parents of the Blue Jackets support group. FFA members and their parents will provide a variety of pumpkin decorating materials for kids, and a limited number of pumpkins will be given out. FFA members will also offer face-painting and kids games at the fire hall.
People are invited to bring their own pumpkins to be decorated, as well as carving tools. FFA members will not provide carving tools or services due to liability issues, Taylor said.
Chief of Police Nick Lewis said the LPD is also sponsoring a drug prescription take-back day Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon at the fire hall. All unwanted and expired prescription medicine will be accepted and disposed of.
Whether or not they come to the decorating party, people are invited to drop off their decorated pumpkins and jack-o-lanterns at the Downtown Mural Park before 5 p.m. on Saturday for a grand display.
All of the donated and FFA jack-o-lanterns and pumpkins placed on display will be lit by 7 p.m., Taylor said. Starting at 7 p.m., Rose City Lanes will offer a Halloween variation of cosmic bowling with special head pins and prizes.
Taylor said merchants are encouraged to make scarecrows for display in the downtown Lovell planters. The decorations will remain in place from Oct. 26 through Nov. 15. The welcome signs at each end of town will also be decorated for fall, she said.
Also taking place the weekend of Oct. 25-26 is the Lovell Holiday Bazaar Friday evening and Saturday and the Lovell Chronicle downtown trick-or-treat event Friday from 1 to 5 p.m. The list of participating businesses is printed in this week’s Chronicle.
by David Peck