Pumpkins take over Forestville Sunday

For pumpkins, costumes, entertainment and contests, head down to the center of Forestville for the 8th annual Forestville Village Association’s Pumpkin Festival, this Sunday, Oct. 27.

An event that first started at the Bristol Public Library, and then moved to the Manross Library, has turned to be such a large event it now takes over the center of Forestville.

Sandy Gozzo, one of the organizers of the annual event, said there will be a pumpkin carving contest, where individuals must purchase their own pumpkins, and they will be judged in four categories.

Pumpkins will be lined up on Central Square in Forestville and will be illuminated at dusk.

“Some of these pumpkins that are entered are so intricate and detailed,” Gozzo said, adding that she wonders how much time and effort participants put into them.

For those not interested in carving pumpkins also have the option of creating a one-stake scarecrow to be put on display at the festival as well. There will be three monetary prizes for the scarecrow contest — $50, $25, $25. Rules for the scarecrow contest are available at Nuchies Restaurant in Forestville.

The festival will begin at 5 p.m. with the children’s costume parade, where children will parade through Forestville dressed in their Halloween costumes, and adults accompanying their children are encouraged to dress up too.

Every year, hundreds of people attend the free event, which will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Parking is available on Central Street, at local surrounding churches and the Manross Library.