Pumpkins become projectiles or personalized at Renfrew event

October 18, 2008|By KATE S. ALEXANDER

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- The large, makeshift "cherry pie" sat in the pasture mocking every pumpkin as it exploded just a few yards away.

Arching from the massive trebuchet in the middle of Renfrew Park on Saturday, more than 40 pumpkins launched an assault on the pie, sacrificing many in the pursuit.

Across the field, dozens of people worked diligently to keep their pumpkins intact while giving it some carvings of personality.

Whether exploding, carving or baking, pumpkins kept the 14th annual Renfrew Pumpkin Fest bustling for hours on Saturday.

Renfrew Museum and Renfrew Institute joined forces to celebrate fall in the manner that Waynesboro has come to expect -- a mix of hay, soup and shattered pumpkin.

Chairwoman Debbie Pflager said the two organizations kept many of the activities that define Pumpkin Fest while adding a few new ones.


The event is a fundraiser for the educational programs of the institute and the growing displays of the museum.

Pflager estimated that about 1,000 people came to enjoy the fall weather, hot soup, pumpkins and scarecrows.

While many of the activities have been a part of the fall fundraiser for years, Pflager said those who enjoy watching pumpkins fly would find something extra this year.

Dr. Garrett Blanchett of Waynesboro said the pumpkin-chucking was made into a contest this year, with a prize going for the pumpkin launched the farthest and bragging rights to the launcher who could hit the cherry pie.

Aiming a trebuchet is not easy, Blanchett said, but hitting the pie about 200 yards away proved even more challenging since none had come close all day.

Regardless of what the pumpkins were doing on Saturday, Pflager said the day could not have gone any better.

"I think this has been a perfect day," she said. "The sun has definitely been shining on Renfrew today."

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