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PumpkinFest 2016 was Great!
We want to thank the people who are responsible for Pumpkinfest’s stupendous success. John and Paul Ruszkiewicz donated hundreds of pumpkins, more than enough for each child to decorate and take home. Masker Orchards donated hundreds of the most sought after apples in the Warwick Valley and gallons for apple cider for children to enjoy! Shuback farm contributed large pumpkins to decorate the pavilion and park area. Leonard DeBuck dressed up the pavilion with corn stalks and pumpkins, including big pumpkins for the “Guess the Pumpkin’s Weight” contest. John Redman was at the park 5am to set up his giant pumpkin and hay bale display.
Every child seems to want his or her face painted at Pumpkinfest. The face painting stars were Frances Gallardo, Francesca Allen, Nicole Conklin, Femi Ford, Mena Messina, Ashley Patzeh and Phoebe Abbab. Henna was new this year and a huge hit as well. The henna artist was Nehal Ajmal.
Pumpkinfest offered more than ever before to the children. Karate Quest, Orange County Sports Club, various 4-H Clubs, United Health Care, Pine Island Bible Church, St. Peter Lutheran Church, Pine Island Fire Department, Pine Island Ambulance Corps, State Trooper Greg Maxwell, Black Dirt Dance, Polonaise Dancers, student volunteers and community members engaged the children in all sorts of creative activities, such as crafts, Legos, pumpkin painting, kite flying, tattoo parlor, face painting, henna, bubbles, bouncy house, witch toss, pumpkin toss, duck matching, pumpkin beach balls, bang the bell, and touch-a-tractor.
Jeanette Shanahan was this year’s event chair. She made everything just work! The following volunteers each played a significant role: Joe Maggio, Bill Shanahan, Greg DeBuck, Leonard DeBuck, Janet and Jerry Zimmerman, Walter Bennett, Cole Shanahan, Pastor Lashauay, Pastor Anderson, Krystal Serrano, Walter Bennett, Melissa Rimpici, Danielle Lopez, Kathy Leo, Julissa Ocasio, Christine Phillips, Glenn Finke, Orange County Dairy Princess, Sydney Parkin, Annette Henderson, Kim Miyoshi, and student volunteers from local schools.
Photo credit: Renelle Lorray
A Pumpkin Festival For The Whole Family – In True Pine Island NY Spirit! Pumpkinfest at the Pine Island Park
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The Pine Island Chamber organizes and hosts a pumpkin festival every fall with a fun-filled afternoon of activities for adults and children of all ages! Held annually on Columbus Day, Pumpkinfest is a great way to celebrate the local harvest of pumpkins and spend the day outdoors enjoying the warm sunshine and crisp fall air. Plus, there’s plenty to do! The day features a children’s bouncy house, pumpkin painting for all, activities including touch-a-tractor, and refreshments.
Thanks to Paul and John J. Ruszkiewicz for donating hundreds of pumpkins for our more than 625 attending youngsters to paint and decorate. Thank you Masker Orchards for donating hundreds of the most sought after apples and cider in the Warwick Valley.
The event is held at the pavilion, and fields of Pine Island Town Park where guests may also visit the park’s Butterfly Garden and playground area complete with swings, slides and a play pirate ship. Easy parking and bathroom facilities available.