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Submitted by: Jerry Ashley, Lyons Main Street Program Manager

The PumpkinPalooza! Committee of the Lyons Main Street Program has announced that applications are available for participation in the 2011 edition of PumpkinPalooza! On Saturday, October 22nd, the “Lyons Only” festival is making its third outing to celebrate fall harvest with new events aimed at making this a family-friendly, fun-filled day for all ages. An all-purpose application for booths, as well as for all other events and contests, is available at www.lyonsmainstreetprogram.org under the PumpkinPalooza! icon. Check off the appropriate boxes, fill in the requested information, and forward to the Lyons Main Street Program, 70 William Street, Lyons, NY 14489. Information and guidelines for each of the events and contests are also available at the above web address. The cost for booth space this year is $20.00 and booths are open to all Lyons-based businesses (including home-based businesses such as Scentsy, Pampered Chef and Avon as well as services such as plumbers, electricians, etc.), crafters, wood-workers, and all organizations. Vendors will be designated space either at the Village Square Park or along the center of William Street in downtown Lyons. The PumpkinPalooza! Committee is also looking for local dance groups or organizations that would like to present demonstrations during the festival while seeking new members for their groups.
The Great Pearl Street Pumpkin Race

Along with the Scarecrow Contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, the Fall Into Fun business and residential decorating contest, the Lyons Youth Ambassador’s Great Pearl Street Pumpkin Race, Casket Races, Costume Parade, Flavors of Fall cooking contest, kids games, and every activity that can be done with a pumpkin, the PumpkinPalooza! Committee has announced three new events. The first is the “Canal Pumpkin Race” (think of a rubber duck race with pumpkins!) and the second is the “Biggest and Smallest Pumpkin” contest (open to any Wayne County Farm or grower). Both the “Biggest and Smallest Pumpkin” contest and the “Flavors of Fall” harvest cooking contest will be held at the Village Square Park the week before PumpkinPalooza! on Saturday, October 15th during the Lyons Farmer’s Market. The winning biggest and smallest pumpkins will be displayed throughout PumpkinPalooza! Those wishing to enter the “Flavors of Fall” cooking contest must submit their entries no later than 10 am at the LMSP pavilion.

The third new contest is the “Bug Bug – and other Creepy Crawlers”. “Bug Bug” is a contest for all local and regional Volkswagen Beetle owners of any vintage, as well as for those creative folks that drive other makes and models of cars or trucks, to take their people movers and fashion them into a drivable, creepy-crawly bug. Attach some hairy spider legs, paint on some big scary eyes or maybe fashion some wings and fangs to transform your vehicle. The “Bugs” will be displayed on Canal Street throughout the day and the cash award will be determined by the car that receives the most festival-goer votes. All “Bug Bug” entries are asked to drive their entry in the PumpkinPalooza! Costume Parade along with those from the Casket Race.

The Lyons Elementary School Teachers, under the coordination of Eric Lewis, will organize the games for kids including the Pumpkin Sweep Relay, Pumpkin Bowling, the Squash-Squish Tug-o-War, the Hallow-Scream contest, Corn Husking challenge, Pumpkin-Butt, and the new for this year Pumpkin Stacking and Pumpkin Dive. The LMSP has partnered with the Lyons Enrichment Afterschool Program (LEAP) to present a family pumpkin carving night again this year at the Village Square Park on Thursday, October 20th from 4:30 – 8 pm. In addition to all of the above events, the Lyons Community Center will host the second PumpkinPalooza! 5K Run and a Haunted Trail at the center, and the Lyons Fire Department, Ohmann Theatre, Museum of Wayne County History, and the H.G. Hotchkiss Building will be open for tours with special events of their own to celebrate. This years’ festival is sponsored in part by Lyons National Bank (LNB), Pacello’s Mobil/Laundromat and Car Wash, Manktelow Farms and Stoney’s Pizzeria. For additional information about PumpkinPalooza!, please visit our website or contact us at (315) 871-4220.

Pictures (please use whatever pictures you like)
1: Even adult contestants enjoy doing the "Pumpkin-Butt"!.
2: Crowds watch the last of the pumpkins make their way to "Victory Lane" at the 2010 Lyons Youth Ambassador's Great Pearl Street Pumkin Race.
3: The Lyons Main Street Program's window says it all...
4: Alissa Lintala crowns herself Pumpkin Queen at last year's PumpkinPalooza!
5: The Lyons Girl Scouts show off their carved creations at last years' Family Pumpkin Carving Night


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