Silverthorne hosts annual Pumpkin Fest Sunday
IF YOU GO
What: Pumpkin Fest
When: Sunday, Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Silverthorne Pavilion North Lawn, 430 Blue River Parkway, Silverthorne
More information: Call 970.262.7370 or visit Silverthorne.org
The town of Silverthorne celebrates the fall season with its annual Pumpkin Fest on Sunday, Oct. 11. Partnering with Kaiser Permanente, the town will give away more than 1,500 pumpkins from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Silverthorne Pavilion North Lawn.
“This event has really grown over the years,” said Blair McGary, Pavilion and marketing coordinator for the town. “Each year, we give away more and more pumpkins and try to add new activities to the event. The hope is that participants come to pick up a pumpkin but stay and linger, visiting with neighbors while the kids participate in a number of activities.”
In true town-festival tradition, representatives from Kaiser Permanente and Outlets at Silverthorne will be on hand to entice kids with a variety of activities, including bounce houses, a petting zoo and face painting. New this year, Silverthorne’s Pumpkin Fest will feature hayrides, a 10-car barrel train pulled by a tractor for kids and a pumpkin catapult. Representatives from the town and the Outlets at Silverthorne created an 8-foot pumpkin launcher, and McGary said they have designated 300 pumpkins to launch that day.
“It is as fun as it sounds,” McGary said. “It’s going to be kind of crazy; we haven’t tried it before.”
Silverthorne’s first collaborative art project will also be moved to the lawn for the annual Pumpkin Fest. The “Before I Die” exhibit, inspired by artist Candy Chang from New Orleans, is an interactive art display set up by the town as part of its efforts to promote arts and culture with the revitalization of its downtown core. The display features the words, “Before I Die …” and “Antes de morir …” giving residents a chance to ponder a meaningful question and then offer up goals and dreams for the rest of the town to see.
The Pumpkin Fest draws around 2,000 guests to the town, and McGary said she really enjoys the community aspect of the event.
“My favorite part of the Pumpkin Fest is it’s such a local event,” she said. “It brings out the community and neighbors get to see each other before the ski season starts and talk about the summer. It’s such a great gathering event for the town, and it’s 100 percent focused on the locals.”
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