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Pumpkin Fest returning to Centralia City Square

Posted on Thursday, October 10, 2019 at 6:26 am

Carson Sanders totes one of Gracie Peavler’s pumpkins to a purchaser.

Carson Sanders totes one of
Gracie Peavler’s pumpkins to a purchaser.

What will soon be considered another Centralia tradition will be seeing its second year on the Centralia square, Saturday, October 19.

Amber Friedli, one of the event’s organizers, said that with two weeks to go, the Pumpkin Fest is already nearly twice as large as last  year.

“We’ve got more food trucks and stands, more vendors, more kids’ activities and more live entertainment,” Friedli said. She estimated at least, including the food-related ones, 75 vendors will be on the square.

Last year, despite a sudden windstorm, several hundred people attended the festival, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., several hundred people attended, enough, she said, that the food vendors ran out of food by 2 p.m., Friedli said she does not expect that this year.

The other attractions, all family-friendly and most free, she said, include:

• Live music entertainment and DJ all day

• Car smash

• Cake walk

• Pony trike races

• Hay ride

• Corn hole tournament

• Corn trailer for kids to play in

• Bounce house

• Scavenger hunt

“Robert Wright is the one to receive credits for sponsorship of the horse trike races and for the event,” said Neva Wilkerson, on of the organizers. “He’s the master mind behind it all! He built the gum ball machine, got the horse trike sponsors, and started the event last year with Erle and Amber’s help. He really deserves the credit.”

For the complete article, see this week’s edition of the Centralia Fireside Guard.