Pumpkin Festival celebrates fall festivities

Cute as a pumpkin, many Arbuckle families come to the annual Pumpkin Festival every year for great fall photos on sunlit hay bales. 

Kay Lemos, with the Arbuckle Revitalization Committee, was amazed at just how successful the festival was for 2019, with approximating 300 attendees.

“This is amazing,” said Lemos. “Last year we had eight vendors, so double the vendors and a large variety.” 

Lemos confirmed that all the vendors did well and the success led them all to say that they will also be attending the upcoming ARC Car Show, on Oct. 27.  

Lemos said that people were at the festival from the beginning of the event at 10 AM and that it was steady the entire afternoon. Four large boxes full of pumpkins were sold.

Students from Pierce High School’s football teams got their community service hours in, loading up purchased pumpkins into vehicles, while Future Business Leaders of America had a pumpkin painting booth. 

The hay bales were donated to help support the ARC, and free books from the library and free popcorn from local residents were just some of the fun for the kids who attended. Face painting, a photo booth, and running freely in the LaVanch Hursh Community Park kept the children genuinely smiling for photos.

“This community has really come together for this,” Lemos said. “I love it.” ■