The Pumpkin Festival curse


Jessica Lewis

What’s wrong with Pumpkin Fest? It never fails. Every year, the volunteers work and work and work hoping for a great event and a great weekend. Every year local kids get excited and start carving their pumpkins at school and at home to bring down to the festival, and every year we end up getting some freakishly horrible weather that puts a damper (no pun intended) on the entire event.

Despite the weather, I attended the Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, and I had a pretty good time, but I know it would have been a lot better if I wasn’t running from tent to tent trying to keep myself and my companions out of the rain. You try to hold an umbrella and push a stroller at the same time. It isn’t easy, but I’m sure it was much worse for the people who have spent months coordinating the event.

I feel bad for the volunteers and organizers who spend so much time planning and preparing for Pumpkin Fest only to have bad weather keep people from supporting the event.

I haven’t attended all of the Pumpkin Festivals, but since I’ve been on staff at The Evening Sun, the weather at the Pumpkin Festival has been pretty bad, and I’ve heard that the bad weather at the Pumpkin Festival has been a factor nearly every year. It makes you wonder. Is it just bad luck that in 10 years, we haven’t had more than one or two years with nice sunny weather for the event? Is it just too late in the fall for good weather?

I’m really not sure myself, but if the next 10 years of the Pumpkin Festival average the same amount of rain or snow or both during the annual festival, I might start to think our event is cursed.