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Milford Pumpkin Festival
The Milford Pumpkin Festival is located every year around the center of Milford precisely on the Milford Oval. This event is hosted by the Granite Town Festivities Committee that fundraise year-round to make sure this grand event returns each year. This event rolls around every year in October and makes for an amazing way to spend time with friends and family during Columbus day weekend.
When arriving at the Milford Pumpkin Festival, they recommend parking in either the Milford Middle School or the Milford High School. Shuttle bus hours differ every year, but can be accessed through their website. If cash needs to be printed before or during this event, ATMs are available at the TD Bank, the Bar Harbor Bank, Rite Aid, CVS Pharmacy, the Olde Kilkenny Pub, and the Serendipity on the Oval. Rest Rooms are offered in the form of porta potties, located at the Community House Lawn, Middle Street, Emerson Park, Mount Vernon Street, and the back entrance of the Masonic Lodge.
Every year, Kokko Realty and the Kokko family organizes the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In contest, and the giant pumpkins will be on display throughout the festival. If by a certain time and date that is posted on their website, carved pumpkins will be taken and put on display all lit up on the Bandstand. As long with many activities, the event also offers an amazing fireworks show right over the Oval. Great music, skills, and entertainment can be seen in the Talent Show each year, cash prizes can usually be expected. Last year, the Milford Destination Imagination Team held a color fun run that is an exciting activity for someone of any age. Within Emerson Park, there is a Haunted Trail that provides many screams as monsters try to scare. Children 12 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult for this activity, and each year the pricing is located on their website. For fun family activities, the Community House lawn is the place to visit for scarecrow making, pumpkin painting, and face painting, as well as food and beverages. Scarecrow painting costs $15 per scarecrow, face painting costs $1 for one check and then $5 for the full face, and pumpkin painting costs $5+ all depending on what size the pumpkin is. For the adults, a beer, wine, and spirits tastings are offered as long as valid ID is brought to verify the legal drinking age. The admission is $15 for each person and it qualifies for 10 tasting tickets. Featured brewers, vintners, and distillers are listed on their website each year, and tickets may also be purchased online.
Along with visiting the Pumpkin Festival, people can be volunteers to give back to their community. Volunteers must be 16 years or older, but volunteers age 16 or 17 must have a signed parent consent form before they can participate. Volunteers are asked to help with vendor check-in or set-up, parking, clean-up, and other jobs throughout the entirety of the weekend.
Address of middle school for parking: 33 Osgood Rd, Milford, NH 03055
Address of high school for parking: 100 West St, Milford, NH 03055
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