J.J. Fearon, 5, of Hebron carves a pumpkin during the River Valley Pumpkin Festival in Rumford on Saturday.

From left, Carson Richard, Patrick Flaherty and Grady Richard of Team Hulk compete in the tug-of-war contest during the River Valley Pumpkin Festival in Rumford on Saturday.

Alyvia Patneaude, 4, of Peru assists magician Scot Grassette with a magic trick during the River Valley Pumpkin Festival in Rumford on Saturday.

Hundreds of people filled Congress Street in Rumford at the River Valley Pumpkin Festival on Saturday.

RUMFORD — Hundreds of people, many in costume, attended the sixth annual River Valley Pumpkin Festival on Saturday.

Terrific fall weather enhanced the event, with youngsters in costume trick-or-treating up and down Congress Street.

Activities included a pirate bounce house, a two-lane inflatable obstacle course, EB’s Farm petting zoo, pony rides and children’s games.

Vendors along Congress Street sponsored events such as a whoopie-pie-eating contest, a seed-spitting contest, a dog-and-puppy-costume contest and a tug-of-war.

The evening included the lighting of the hundreds of pumpkins carved during the day, followed by a 20-minute fireworks show launched from the Hartford Bridge, viewed by hundreds of people from Canal Street and other areas in the downtown.

A street dance with live music from Outsiders & Skosh concluded the festivities.

The festival was hosted by Gaskyl Productions, with support from EnvisionRumford.

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