Downtown Washington Inc. and the Washington Area Chamber of Commerce are teaming up again to present the sixth annual Pumpkin Palooza.
This year’s event will be held Saturday, Oct. 28, on Main Street between Elm and Cedar.
Once again pumpkin growers may bring their pumpkins for the Giant Pumpkin Contest to be weighed at 10 a.m.
Pumpkins will be judged by weight. The Giant Pumpkin Contest pays out $200 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place.
The Prettiest Pumpkin, Ugliest Pumpkin and Ugliest Gourd contests were added to lineup last year.
Both the Prettiest and Ugliest Pumpkin contests will be judged on shape and color. These pumpkins must weigh at least 5 pounds and must not be altered in any way. There are no weight requirements on the Ugliest Gourds.
These three contests will each have only a first place winner with a prize of $25.
Pumpkin Palooza will begin with the weigh-in. Other activities will include a Scarecrow Contest, Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest and Pumpkin Rolls.
The downtown merchants also will have a Candy Crawl.
Other events include a Skeleton Hunt, costume contests, storytelling and a special appearance by children’s music maker, Babaloo.
The Farmers’ Market vendors will be under the market beginning at 8 a.m.
“This event will be great fun for the entire family,” said Mary Beth Rettke, Washington tourism director.