Lancaster gets ready for a pumpkin hike

October 11, 2013 by  

Lancaster, Ohio residents who want to enjoy the outdoors and raise money for a good cause at the same time will have an opportunity to do so soon.

St. Mark’s Catholic Church is setting up a pumpkin hike to help raise money for the various ministries it supports, which include a food pantry. The hike gives people the opportunity to get outdoors and walk the Emerald Trail while they look at beautifully carved pumpkins. The trail, which is about a mile long, is wide and covered with mulch and winds through lush scenery. About three-quarters of the distance will be lined with pumpkins numbering in the hundreds.

In addition to the walk, there will be music, a pumpkin carving contest, a bonfire, and other activities, all suitable for families, who are encouraged to attend. The Rev. Pete Gideon of St. Mark’s said the church got the idea from a similar event at Alley Park in Sugar Grove, Ohio, but argued the Lancaster walk is a fresh location with new ideas that people have yet to experience.

The event, known as the St. Mark Emerald Trail Pumpkin Hike, is scheduled for October 19, 2013, from 6:00 to 10:00 pm, at St. Mark Catholic Church Campus in Lancaster. The walk is free, but a hayride costs $4 for adults, $2 for children, and $3 for teens 13-17. Pumpkin carvers will need to pay $5 to enter the contest.

St. Mark’s could work with a poster printing company to create a striking poster to advertise the event.