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The Philmont Main Street Committee is actively planning for their annual Pumpkin Walk, to take place on Saturday, October 28th, from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. After the success of last year’s Pumpkin Walk, with 20 pumpkins carved and lit up by the 300 local and area residents who participated, this year's event figures to be even larger.
The event is family-oriented, with live music, this year being provided by the talents of the Taconic Hills School Bands, and local resident/entertainer, Les Davala. The committee is planning many games for children including sack races, face painting and storytelling by a campfire on the beach of Lake Summitt Reservoir. Chris Cashen of The Farm at Miller’s Crossing, will be providing hay rides along the Reservoir while the sun is still up.
Later in the evening, when the pumpkins are all lit along the Reservoir, Laura Smith of TDSmith Masonry, Ken Hussey of The Vanderbilt Inn and Linda Gatter of Local 111 Restaurant will be judging the apple pies and pumpkin pies brought by residents hoping to have the best pie. Last year, 12 pumpkin and 13 apple pies were judged and then sliced up for everyone to have a taste.
Since it is Halloween, the Philmont Main Street Committee (MSC) is encouraging attendees to dress in Halloween costume. And, of course, everyone is encouraged to carve a pumpkin at home and bring it along to be lit up with all the others. There will be contests for best Halloween costumes by a panel of judges and all attendees will vote on who they think is the best Jack O’Lantern.
The Philmont Rotary, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Threshold Farm, Friends of the Philmont Public Library are planning on having vendor tables. Tables are free for this event and there is still time to participate in the Walk. Contact Jeff Bancroft at (518) 672-7647 for more information and to register.
Taconic Hills middle school students will be helping serve the community by coming to help out with the children’s games, distribute event schedules to attendees and facilitate the voting of the best pumpkin.
Local restaurants will be doing special menus to celebrate the event. The Vanderbilt Inn will feature pumpkin ravioli with a maple sage butter and pumpkin crème brulee on their menu. The Main Street Public House is having live entertainment by Two Gun Man. Local 111 Restaurant will feature Roasted Cheese Pumpkin Salad with Mustard Greens and Blue Cheese Dressing as an appetizer and Pumpkin Seed Praline Ice Cream for dessert.
Also, that evening Pine Haven Nursing and Rehabilitation Center will be hosting a Haunted House on the Hill from 5:00pm – 9:00pm.
The Philmont Public Library is having a children’s event before the Walk of decorating pumpkins on Saturday, October 21.
The event is free but the MSC is selling Pumpkin Walk buttons for $1.00 to offset some of the expenses of the event.
The Pumpkin Walk annual event all started with MSC member, Jeff Bancroft, hearing from his sister of the great success of the annual Pumpkin Festival, held in Keene, NH. The entire town including the school system, local residents and organizations pull together to carve pumpkins, which are displayed all through the main streets and after several years, on scaffolding so that 27,000 plus pumpkins can be seen. In 1992, they made the Guinness Book of World Records with 1,628 lit pumpkins and have broken their own record year after year, topping at 28,952 lit Jack O’Lanterns in a defined area, in 2003. It’s not the intention of the Philmont MSC to break any records, but to bring residents and businesses together to celebrate the harvest time of the year.
Then, in Philmont, on October 31st at 6:30PM, the annual Halloween Parade will occur with a costume contest with prizes; and cider and donuts. This event is sponsored by the Philmont Fire Department and Philmont Merchants. Parade begins at Cumberland Farms.
Please join the Main Street Committee, the Village of Philmont, and local merchants in making this a wonderful event in the village.