Renfrew Pumpkin Festival Celebrates 20 Years on Oct. 19

CUTLINE: The pumpkin-chuckin’ trebuchet that hurls pumpkins across the field returns to Renfrew’s Pumpkin Festival this year. The event is scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Renfrew Pumpkin Festival Celebrates 20 Years on Oct. 19

WAYNESBORO - The 20th annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, rain or shine.The festival includes a full day of activities and fun for all ages. Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin will greet visitors, who will enjoy bluegrass music by Mountain Ride, pumpkin carving, games and other activities during the festival, which is a joint fund-raiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum. 
The ever-popular trebuchet will run throughout the day. Trebuchets—giant catapult devices—have their origins in the middle ages, and are defined in one dictionary as “medieval stone-throwing engines of war.” 
“Modern trebuchets like ours hurl pumpkins, not stones, and are great fun,” said Maxine Beck, festival co-chair. “Our trebuchet was constructed several years ago by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model,” Beck said. 
The trebuchet was retired for a year due to mechanical problems. “Our volunteer experts have graciously returned to make extensive repairs to the trebuchet, and it is ready for another session of pumpkin-hurling fun. A horn is blown just before each pumpkin is launched, and spectators love to see how far they fly.”
The corn toss game, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin ping-pong are fun for all ages. Kids will enjoy face painting and a corn necklace workshop, where children create their own naturally colorful corn necklaces using needles and thread. A “corn kernel station” provides sandbox-like fun with a pool full of dried corn kernels. Tractor-drawn hayrides and photo board setups add to the fun for all.
The scarecrow-making workshop is always popular. Participants are encouraged to bring their own long-sleeve shirts and pants. Some clothes will be provided, but may run out during the event. Scarecrow clothing donations are welcome.
“Used clothing in sizes from children’s large to adult medium is best for making the scarecrows,” said Beck. Straw and instructions are also provided. 
A full lunch is included in the price of admission—soup, fresh bread, cider and sliced apples. Two homemade soups are offered, traditional ham and bean, and vegetarian vegetable. 
Hot dogs, soda and coffee will be sold separately. In addition, a bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies.
Pumpkins will be available for purchase, priced by size. A team of pumpkin artists will be on hand to help guests carve their pumpkins during the festival. Safe carving tools and adult supervision will be provided. Decorative Indian corn bundles will also be sold.
Ed Miller, long-time caretaker of the Renfrew property, will be available to sign copies of his book, Breakfasts With Ed. The book costs $15, and all profits go to Renfrew Museum & Renfrew Institute.
Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children age 3 and under. Renfrew Museum will hold an “open house” for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., included with admission to the festival.   
The event is underwritten by M & T Bank.
Parking is available in Renfrew’s lower lot off Welty Road. Limited handicapped parking is available behind the Visitor’s Center barn. For more information, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or the museum at 717-762-4723.