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Submitted by:  Jerry Ashley, LMSP

There really is something for everyone at Lyons' PumpkinPalooza! There are games for the kids, pumpkin carnage and a Haunted Jail for the teens and young adults, arts, crafts and a cooking contest for the ladies and the gents will get a kick out of our Pearl Street Pumpkin RACE and the new for this year PumpkinPalooza Casket Race. And what fall festival would be complete without FOOD!? Local organizations and businesses will be on hand to serve up some delightful fare including soups, chili, hamburgers and hot dogs, tacos, cider, hot cocoa and sweets of all kinds. 
Beginning at 10:45 am, the teachers of Lyons Elementary School will be conducting harvest themed games for the kids. Kids can participate, alone or in teams, in the various games that have been planned: Corn Husking, Pumpkin Sweep Relay, Pumpkin Bowling, the "Squash Squish" tug-o-war, the "Hallow-SCREAM" contest, and Pumpkin Butt (you'll have to see it to believe it!). At noon is the Pumpkin Sling Shot where contestants can enter a pumpkin for a dollar, then try to shoot their entry the furthest - the winner wins half of the entry fees! Again for this years' festival, the Rotary Club will be back with their fun Fall Harvest Express, a kiddie "train" ride where we aren't quite sure who is having more fun, the kids or the Engineer, Keith Bridger! The "train" takes kids on a spin around the park and will make another welcome appearance at the PumpkinPalooza Costume Parade that steps off at 5 pm.
The PumpkinPalooza Committee has also welcomed participation from Lyons Inter-Church Council who, along with Northeast Partners in Episcopal Ministry (a partnership of four Episcopal congregations in Wayne County, Lyons, Sodus and Newark, that work together to serve their communities), are hosting a "Blessing of the Harvest" during the Farmer's Market at PumpkinPalooza, Saturday, October 23rd at 10 am. Northeast Partner's Rural and Migrant Ministry Inc., an interfaith organization, acts to overcome rural and migrant prejudices and poverty, celebrate diversity, and offer dignity and opportunity to all. The Ministry has partnered with the Churches to create Liturgia, The Rural Workers Education Center, which is committed to supporting the development of rural workers and their families.
PumpkinPalooza, a Lyons Main Street Program festival, starts at 7 am with a Pancake Breakfast at the Eureka Grange and shopping at the Farmer's Market and runs all day Saturday, October 23rd. The Museum of Wayne County History will opens its creaky doors on the scary Haunted Jail at 7 pm (always a frightfest!). The Ohmann Theatre will close out the day with a showing of the made in Lyons "Lady in White" and the currrent release, "Secretariat", both at 7:30 pm with a $3 general festival admission. Sundays activities include Billy Martin's "Cole All Star Circus" at the Lyons Community Center at 2:30 pm and a concert at Grace Episcopal Church featuring The Barnfloor Groovers and Gourdie and Pepon with the Melons at 7 pm. For further information contact the Lyons Main Street Program at 315-871-4220 or www.lyonsmainstreetprogram.org (look for the PumpkinPalooza icon on our menu). 


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