RUMFORD — The third annual Rumford Pumpkin Fest will take place from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Downtown Rumford.

New this year will be the lighting of the pumpkins. Carve a pumpkin at the fest, or bring yours from home and light the whole stage up.

The display will begin at 7 p.m. The $1 cost to enter the carving contest includes a candle and a live band with dancing in the street. Shawna & the Mayberry Drifters will play oldies and rock.

There will also be vendors, events, contests, games, raffle, auctions, kids fun, food, beer tent and lots more planned throughout the whole day.

Everyone is encouraged to come to the festival and carve a pumpkin in the free carving area. There will be pumpkins for sale, or bring your own to carve.

There will also be a costume contest and many other contests.

For more information, visit or

Pumpkin Fest schedule

8 to 10 a.m. Downtown Dash 5k at River Street.

8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Pumpkin Fest breakfast at the American Legion, $6 per person, $4 children under 8 years old.

11 a.m. Vendor and kids areas at Congress Street.

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Pumpkin carving at Gaskyl Productions tent. Free to carve or decorate pumpkins, $1 to enter in the lighting.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wagon rides at Key Bank back parking lot.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Amateur photo contest and kids coloring contest, at 72 Congress St. Submit up to three photos in each category. Winners will be displayed with ribbons.

noon Tug-of-war tourney at the large event area. Entry is $1 per person, with two- and four-person teams.

12:30 p.m. Pumpkin holding contest at Gaskyl & Puiaa Lumber Stage.

1 to 4 p.m. Haunted house at Greater Rumford Community Center.

1 p.m. Costume contest at stage parade.

2 p.m. Seed-spitting contest at large event area.

2:30 p.m. Pie-eating contest at Gaskyl & Puiaa Lumber Stage.

3 p.m. Pumpkin toss and smash at large event area. Entry fee is $2.

3:30 p.m. Horror scream contest and raffle winners at Gaskyl & Puiaa Lumber Stage. Entry is $1.

4 p.m. T.A.C. auction and raffles at Gaskyl & Puiaa Lumber Stage. Live auction of Totally Artsy Containers and TAC raffle.

4:30 to 6 p.m. Strongman contest and arm wrestling contest at Hotel Rumford and Canal Street. There will be an outdoor beer garden with drink and barbecue food specials all day long.

4:30 to 6 p.m. Kids contests and announcements of contest winners (car shows, guts scavenger hunt, seed guessing jar). Paper airplane contest and mummy wrap contest at large event area, balloon blowing contest at Gaskyl & Puiia Lumber Stage.

6 p.m. Facial hair contests at Gaskyl & Puiia Lumber Stage.

7 p.m. Lighting of the pumpkins, carving contest winners and 50/50 raffle winner at Gaskyl & Puiia Lumber Stage.

7:15 to 8:30 p.m. Live band at stage: Dance in the street with Shawna & The Mayberry Drifters.

9 p.m. After party at Hotel Rumford, with drink specials and live music.

filed under: