Pumpkins and turkeys at East Goshen’s Pumpkin FEST

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Pumpkins, frozen turkeys and more family fun will be at East Goshen's Pumpkin FEST on Oct. 17. (Candice Monhollan)

Pumpkins, frozen turkeys and more family fun will be at East Goshen’s Pumpkin FEST on Oct. 17. (Candice Monhollan)

Frozen turkeys will be rolling and pumpkin pie will be consumed rather quickly on Saturday at East Goshen Township’s annual Pumpkin FEST.

The festival, which has been going on for over 15 years, will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and feature a variety of activities and fun for families and people of all ages.

Among the highlights of the day is the Frozen Turkey Bowling tournament where, as the title suggests, people will be bowling with actual frozen turkeys. To compete, participants are allowed one attempt per $1 entry fee.

Money raised from the tournament goes to the Friends of East Goshen.

“It sounds hysterical and it’s even funnier to do in person,” said Jason Lang, director of the township’s Parks & Recreation Commission. “In typical bowling with a round ball, it rolls pretty straight. With the frozen turkeys, even the best bowler in the world will throw it and it will flop around and spin and do little hops. It’s funny.”

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A champion is crowned from either division, and don’t think it will be some professional bowler or even someone in a league.

“Last year, we had a few hundred people do the kids and adult tournaments and then whoever gets strikes goes on to the finals,” Lang said. “From there, we give a trophy out to whoever is the Grand Champion. Last year, the adult winner was a 55-year-old grandma and she just kept getting strikes.”

After the festival, all the turkeys used will be donated to local food banks.

For the pumpkin lovers, there is a pumpkin pie eating contest, but start practicing now because last year’s champion had an incredible time.

“We try not to have it too dirty, so you’re allowed to use your hands,” Lang said. “We have about 10 folks or so who do it. Every gets a nickname. Last year, the winner’s nickname was ‘Bone Crusher’ and he literally ate an entire pumpkin pie in a minute and a half.”

The first 1,300 children who attend the festival will receive a free pumpkin.

There will also be a pumpkin carving contest where people can bring their previously-carved pumpkins and enter them to either win ‘silliest,’ ‘most original’ or ‘scariest.’ That contest is also divided into a children’s and adult’s category.

Kids can also participate in a drawing contest where children can draw on pumpkins to win ‘scariest,’ ‘silliest’ or ‘most original.’ Drawings can be previously done or children can used the black permanent markers on site.

“We do awards for those as well,” Lang said.

For those who are not interested in entering any contest, but just looking to have a good time, they can enjoy hay rides, a petting zoo, face painting and food vendors. Music from the ‘70s and ‘80s rock genre will be playing to keep the parents and adults entertained.

East Goshen is expecting, with the beautiful forecast for the weekend, the typical draw of a few thousand people for the annual fall event.

“We always run out of pumpkins,” Lang said. “The forecast is saying 50s with no chance of rain, which is just as it was last year. There should be a nice, big crowd out there.”


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