By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer
Hudson – Throughout two decades, pumpkins have been more or less evident at Hudson’s popular fall festival. Seasonal gourds once again decorated Morgan Bowl on Oct. 14 as Hudson Recreation welcomed about 2,500 residents and visitors to its 20th annual Pumpkin Fest.
Upon arrival, some lucky festivalgoers received one of the free 150 jack-o-lantern buckets. Also new this year, 100 pumpkins and supplies including glow sticks were available for carving for a nominal fee. A number of the carved creations were exhibited on a stonewall bordering the field for festivalgoers to view.
Twenty years ago, the event began as an attempt to outnumber the world record of carved pumpkins set in Keene, N.H. The local festival’s early years featured numerous lighted jack-o-lanterns displayed on the Morgan Bowl bleachers. Its focus ultimately transitioned into an opportunity for the public to interact with community groups.
As in recent years, over two dozen nonprofit and municipal organizations offered refreshments and family-friendly activities. Among the highlights were the Hudson Fire Department hosting a Fire-Safety Trailer, and Boy Scout Troop 77 returning with its good-naturedly scary Tent of Terror. Hudson Youth Football and Cheerleading introduced a make-your-own s’mores station, and Hudson Venture Crew 21 provided a beanbag-and-bottle toss with a kayak giveaway.
Entertaining on the main stage were the festival’s longtime favorite magician Fran Flynn along with Henry the Juggler and musical performer Mister Vic. Modes of kids’ transportation included ponies and trackless train rides, as well as bouncing on several inflatable amusements.
The five-hour event once again concluded with a fireworks finale. Event sponsors were Avidia Bank, Hudson Appliance & Mattress Gallery, Hudson Fire Local #1713, Hudson Police Association and Juniper Farms with support from the Hudson Cultural Council. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Hudson Community Food Pantry.
Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.