Local festival celebrates fall

September 29, 2016 by  

The 33rd annual Houston Pumpkin Festival is taking place over three days next month, benefiting the Houston Volunteer Fire Department.

The festival attracts people from all over the area, including nearby McMurray. Word is most likely spread through the distribution of flyers to surrounding communities.

The first day of the festival will feature opening ceremonies, games for children and children’s activities such as an inflatable slide and train rides. The second day will start off with a costume contest at Heritage House for children aged 12 and under, for which prizes will be awarded in four separate age categories. It will be followed by the parade, which is set to feature floats, dancers, politicians, and marching bands. It will travel from Pike Street to Shady Avenue.

After the parade, festivities will move to the American Legion Post #902 Picnic Ground,s where there will be musical entertainment from Five Guys Named Moe and Functional Chaos. Other activities taking place over the three-day festival include pumpkin decorating, the crowning of the Prince and Princess, and over 175 craft and food vendors. There will also be pumpkin pie eating and seed spitting contests.

The Houston Pumpkin Festival will take place from October 7 to 9. Admission is free of charge. To get more information about all of the planned activities, call 724-746-6740.