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Smash pumpkins and make a scarecrow at Renfrew festival

October 16, 2003|by KIM HATFIELD

Watching a pumpkin sail through the air before smashing into the ground is just one of the activities planned during the 10th annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environemntal Studies at 1010 E. Main St. in Waynesboro, Pa.

Andrea Struble, director of public relations for Renfrew Museum and Park, says the event is planned to raise money for the Renfrew Institute and Museum.

"Many activities are planned throughout the day, including a pumpkin launching trebuchet," Struble says.

A trebuchet is a medieval seige weapon designed with counterweights that is used to hurl objects hundreds of feet from their launching area.

If smashing pumpkins doesn't excite everyone, there's more for the whole family, Struble says. "The hayride is one of the most popular activities for our visitors."

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Belgian horses pull a wagon through the property, which includes a wooden foot bridge and a 19th-century farmhouse.

Struble says that a small adventure with mass appeal is navigating Maze of Rings - 1 1/2 miles of trails weaving through tall cornstalks.

Twin Hill Express will play bluegrass music. Along with activities for children, the event will include a workshop on making scarecrows, artists to guide pumpkin carvers and a petting zoo.

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