Great Pumpkin Festival ready for its debut

The Town of Millville will fall into the season with the inaugural Great Pumpkin Festival at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Millville Councilman Jon Subity, along with a committee of supporters, has been gearing up for the event, which will mark the close of summer and aims to bring the community and surrounding businesses together for an exciting day for all ages.

The Great Pumpkin Festival will begin with a presentation by the Indian River High School ROTC program. Mark Marvel and the Overtime Band, Indian River’s Show Choir and the Golden Touch Band will be kicking out the tunes all day. Local country radio station Froggy 99.9 WWFG will be broadcasting at the festival starting at noon. (The Nanticoke Native Dancers, who had previously been scheduled to perform at the event, will not be performing there.)

There will be plenty of fun activities for the kids, including a rock wall, moon bounce, face painting, pumpkin decorating, dunk tank and more.

Other activities for guests will include a craft fair to benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company, sidewalk sales, pumpkin pie-eating contest and the crowning of the best pumpkin pie recipe.

“We’re really looking forward to the pumpkin-pie competitions,” said Subity. “We’re also really glad to have Froggy 99.9 come down and help us out.”

The event is free and open to the public. Local vendors and food will be on hand, and there will also be plenty of giveaways.

“I’ve been keeping an eye on the weather,” Subity added, “and it’s looking nice. It should be a great day for an outdoor event like this. We’ve had a really positive response from the people in the community and businesses in the area. A lot of people have shown a lot of support, and we’re expecting a lot of participation.”

He added that Millville’s Great Pumpkin Festival will be held each year in October.

“Everyone’s been a big help getting this started,” he said. “Being the first year, we’re really trying to knock it out of park.”