The upper level of Wilber Park will be the place to be Saturday for family fun, two people involved with an upcoming event said.
Pumpkins in the Park will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event, which provides activities for families with children, is a fundraiser to support St. Mary’s Food Pantry.
This is the third year for the event, which has become the program’s major fundraiser of the year. It’s especially important because of recent cuts to state funding, pantry coordinator Janice Hinkley said.
Admission is free. Most games cost two tickets and some are four to play. Twenty tickets costs $5. Chili, hot dogs, chips and baked goods will be among the food for sale.
The day consists of a number of activities including old-fashioned carnival contests, such as bean-bag toss, fishing, ring toss and penny pitch. There is a costumed pet parade at noon; anyone wanting to be involved can call Hinkley at 432-3920 ext. 212. In the past mostly dogs were shown, but all pets, as long as they are under control, can be registered, she said.
BJ the Clown works her magic with animal balloons from 1 to 4 p.m. In other activities, children can draw designs on pumpkins or use decorations provided. There will also be face painting by parishioners of St. Mary’s, and raffles.
The event is an important source of funds that last year brought in $4,000, Hinkley said.
“We would like to do better than that,” she said. The pantry spends about $2,300 to $2,500 a month on food.
Sallyann Lamanna has been on the event committee since it began.
“We have a dedicated group of committee members,” as well as support from the parish and community, she said. She said she was hopeful the weather would cooperate as well.
“We keep track of what has been successful and make changes when necessary,” she said. “It’s just a fun day at this time of year.”