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'Rain-out sale' replaces Pumpkin Festival

October 15, 2009

WAYNESBORO, Pa. -- In light of the cold, wet weather forecast for the weekend, organizers of Renfrew's annual Pumpkin Festival are having a "rain-out sale" in place of original festival plans on Saturday, Oct. 17, "from 11 a.m. to sold out," at Renfrew Park's picnic pavilion in Waynesboro. The annual event is a joint fundraiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum.

Admission will be free, with many items for sale, said Melodie Anderson-Smith, executive director of Renfrew Institute. "We have lots of pumpkins in a variety of sizes and at great prices," she said, "and hope that folks will come out to buy them."

Food will also be available for purchase. "We have homemade soups, breads, hot dogs, cider and coffee," Anderson-Smith said.

Soups include traditional black bean or vegetable, and can be purchased hot and ready-to-eat, or frozen. For dessert-lovers, a bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies.

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The pumpkin-baking contest is going on as scheduled, with judging at 11 am. Prizes will be awarded for the best entry, and for second and third place.

The rain prevents the Boro Boogie Pickers band from playing live, but their music will be playing on a sound system.

Renfrew Museum will be open for tours from 1 to 4 p.m., regular fees apply. Parking for museum tours 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.

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