There will be pumpkin rolls, trick-or-treating and a costume contest among many other activities this Saturday at the sixth annual Pumpkin Palooza in Downtown Washington.
The daylong event, sponsored by the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Washington Inc., will run from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Main Street between Elm and Cedar.
Tourism Director Mary Beth Rettke with the Chamber said the family event will have something for kids of all ages, including a Seed Spitting Contest, entertainment by Babaloo, story time with the library and a Skeleton Hunt.
A Pumpkin Palooza map highlighting all of the activities will be available at the information booth Saturday near the Farmers’ Market, said Danielle Grotewiel with Downtown Washington Inc.
The market vendors will be open the entire time of the event.
As in the past, pumpkin growers can bring their pumpkins for the Giant Pumpkin Contest to be weighed at 10 a.m. Pumpkins will be judged by weight and prizes will be awarded.
The Prettiest Pumpkin, Ugliest Pumpkin and Ugliest Gourd contests are all part of the lineup again this year.
Grotewiel said children and families can begin to line up for the costume contest at about 3 p.m on Main Street near the market.
“No sign-up is necessary and we will make an announcement during the event alerting everyone that it’s beginning,” she said.
Games and concessions are planned, and the downtown shops will be open all day.
As in the past, the merchants will sponsor a candy crawl and children can trick-or-treat at the different stores.
New this year will be the monkey bus, a converted school bus that has a ball pit, balance beam and cargo net inside. It will be parked on Main Street.
“We also will have a photo booth, hair and face painting,” Grotewiel said. “There will be lots of things to do for children of all ages.”
Some activities have sign-up fees, but admission to the event is free.
Nearly 400 people attended last year’s event and organizers are hopeful for good weather and another big turnout.