Greenfield: Pumpkin festival at Oak Park Saturday

  • Pumpkins and gourds at Tenney Farm in Antrim. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/22/2021 12:07:47 PM

The first-ever Greenfield Pumpkin Festival will be held at Oak Park this Saturday, Oct. 23. Starting at 4:30 p.m., the event welcomes kids, families, and anyone who is interested to come carve pumpkins and celebrate with the Greenfield community.  The Oak Park Committee is putting on the event, and Chair Dave Thimmel said he hopes it will “get people outside engaging with their neighbors.” The Oak Park Committee is dedicated to maintaining Oak Park and using the space to host events like this in order to “bring the community together,” explained Thimmel.

Saturday’s event will be very kid-friendly with arts and crafts activities, a beanbag toss, pumpkin carving and lighting, and trunk-or-treating. Those wishing to attend are encouraged to bring their own pumpkins to ensure there will be enough to go around. All are also welcome to bring a vehicle with a trunk full of candy to give out to the kids in costumes trick-or-treating from trunk to trunk. The Greenfield police and fire departments are expected to participate with candy-filled trunks of their own. There will be some food for sale like soups, baked goods, and kettle corn at the event as well.

Thimmel expects the day to be fairly small-scale this first year, but hopes it will grow in the future. “We’re trying to build town traditions starting forward,” he said. In addition to the pumpkin festival, the Oak Park Committee hopes to start an adult softball league in the spring, throw regular horseshoe tournaments, and next summer they will have weekly movie showings on a projector in the park. To keep the space neat the committee will hold bi-annual park cleanup days in the Spring and Fall. There was a cleanup and barbeque in September, which Thimmel said 50 or so people attended.

Thimmel said in the past Oak Park held horse races, emphasizing that the park is a space that has historically brought the community together and he hopes the committee and events they put on will keep that tradition alive for future generations.

Those who have questions about Greenfield’s first Pumpkin Festival or would like to donate or volunteer should email woodshopronin@gmail.com.




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