Pumpkin carving and launcher catapult Pa. festival to fun

October 13, 2007|By ASHLEY HARTMAN


A pumpkin-launching trebuchet and pumpkin carving were two of the main events Saturday at the 14th annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival, which was expected to bring 1,000 people to Renfrew Museum and Park.

The medieval trebuchet hurled pumpkins that could not be sold hundreds of feet across the park's grounds.

"I think the highlight is the pumpkin-launcher," said Laura Richardson of Waynesboro. "It's one of the things that's different about this festival."

Richardson brought her two children, Hannah, 6, and Sam, 4 1/2, to the festival because both really like pumpkins.

"We stuffed a scarecrow, did face painting, did the hayride," Richardson said as her two children carved a ghost pattern into a pumpkin. "The food was great."


While the main purpose of the event was to raise money for Renfrew, Melodie Anderson-Smith, executive director of the Renfrew Institute, said another goal of the event was to bring people to "this great resource."

"We want people to take advantage of all of (Renfrew's) resources," Anderson-Smith said. "Places likes Renfrew add quality of life to a community."

Renfrew Museum and Park and the Renfrew Institute for Cultural and Environmental Studies are separate nonprofit organizations.

"We're the education arm of Renfrew Museum and Park," Anderson-Smith said.

The two organizations came together Saturday for the pumpkin festival.

"It's just a good day for the community," said Bonnie Iseminger, administrator of the Renfrew Museum and Park. "This is a day for family to come out and enjoy themselves."

Joyce Nowell brought her 7-month-old grandson, Parker Nowell, to the festival.

"He likes the music," Joyce said. "I think it's very nice they have all these things for kids to do."

Brenna Manning, 2, also enjoyed the music at the festival, which was performed by bluegrass gospel band Twin Hill Express.

"She had an absolute ball ? she was dancing," Lauren Melville said of her niece, Brenna. "We just brought her out for the festivities."

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