Hudson Pumpkin Fest debuts new attractions

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By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer

Potato sack racing are (l to r) Danica Bruce, 11, Mason Hicks, 4, and his sister Madison, 10

Hudson – Much more than seasonal gourds were featured at Morgan Bowl as Hudson Recreation welcomed about 2,000 residents and visitors Oct. 20 to its 21st annual Pumpkin Fest. A number of new activities and entertainers were added to longtime favorites.

Among new attractions was a gratitude pumpkin craft provided by the Business Improvement District Cultural Arts Committee with finished artwork to be displayed at downtown storefronts. Cat Rescue of Marlborough and Hudson helped children create their own kitty-like ears. Hudson Rotary Club organized potato sack races.

Live entertainment began with REHarmonix, the new a cappella group of River’s Edge Arts Alliance. A Frisbee-fetching act known as Flying High Dogs made its Pumpkin Fest debut with festival-goers recruited to participate. Other festival-goers shared the stage with the event’s returning children’s performers: singer-instrumentalist Mister Vic and magician Fran Flynn.

Once again, over two dozen nonprofit and municipal organizations offered refreshments and family-friendly activities. Hudson Recreation supplied pumpkins for carving. Modes of kids’ transportation included ponies and trackless train rides, as well as bouncing on several inflatable amusements. Festivities concluded with fireworks.

Event sponsors were Avidia Bank, Hudson Cultural Council, Hudson Fire Local #1713, Hudson Police Association and Juniper Farms. For information about upcoming Hudson Recreation events, visit hudsonrecreation.recdesk.com and facebook.com/HudsonRecreation.

Photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Border collie pup MoJo catches a Frisbee tossed by trainer Mike Piazza (far right) as a practice run for the boys team of volunteers: (front, l to r) Chase Langer, 7; Max Barroso, 6; and Colin Johnston, 7; with volunteer team leader Mike Chaves Jr., a Hudson High School 2018 alum (back)
Hudson Interact Club members share Rotarians’ motto: “Service above self”
Brianna Hannon, 4, decorates and prints her name on a carved pumpkin
Entertaining festival-goers is REHarmonix, an a cappella group of River’s Edge Arts Alliance
Griffin Pelland, 3, gets a close-up look at Jackson, ambassador cat representing the Cat Rescue of Marlborough and Hudson
Ceci, 4, prints “friends” on a gratitude pumpkin craft offered by the Business Improvement District Cultural Arts Committee
Karen Bishop creates a glitter tattoo for Ari Mastro, 4, at the booth of the River’s Edge Arts Alliance
Enjoying a sing-along featuring Mister Vic are Joanne Capizzi and her grandson Luca, 17 months
Fran Flynn performs a magic trick while amusing his assistants Jack Stakus, 4, and his sister Ella, 7