Pumpkinfest returns for 21st year


Deutschtown’s 21st Annual Pumpkinfest is this Saturday and will feature activities, games, prizes and all things pumpkin related.

“It’s a fantastic fall showcase for neighborhood children,” said organizer Emily Leone.

Pumpkinfest draws about 1,500 children and 4,500 people each year with fall-themed activities like hay rides, pony rides, inflatable bouncing slides and live music.

One of the most popular events is the pumpkin decoration contest that every child at Pumpkinfest can participate in. As they enter the festival, each child gets to choose a pumpkin from the patch and decorate it as they like. The pumpkins then enter a contest to pick the best; the winning pumpkin decorator receives a prize. 

This year the event will have two different stages set up for acts to perform all day, which will include performances by ROX Performance Academy, Pittsburgh Banjo Club and Pittsburgh Puppet Works. 

Groups like Reading Is FUNdamental and Allegheny General Hospital will also be at the event to educate parents about the services they offer.

Hosted by the East Allegheny Community Council, it takes about 200 volunteers to make Pumpkinfest possible, with people coming from the Allegheny Center Alliance Church and Alpha Phi Omega, a University of Pittsburgh Service Fraternity to help out.

Located in the East Commons Park along Cedar Ave, Pumpkinfest will run from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 13. The event costs $5 per child, but adults get in for free.

Tickets include a backpack that children can fill with the goodies they receive throughout the day and a smiley cookie and juice. The tickets are available at the Sweet Time Café at 435 E. Ohio St.  

Volunteers are still need for Pumpkinfest. Four different shifts are available – Friday evening set-up, Saturday morning set-up, Saturday event work and Saturday clean-up – are available.

Please email volunteer coordinator Amy McCarty at amy@pittsburghnorthside.com.

Sunday, October 14 will be the rain date.


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