First-ever pumpkin festival planned in Millville

In less than a month, the town of Millville will host an event that would make Charlie Brown proud. Town officials have been hard at work planning the inaugural Great Pumpkin Festival, bringing together a celebration for the family and a welcome for the autumn season.

“The idea is something Mayor [Donald] Minyon kicked around for some time,” said Millville Councilman Jon Subity, who is helping organize the event. “It will give us an opportunity to showcase what Millville has to offer as we say goodbye to another summer season.”

The Great Pumpkin Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Millville Volunteer Fire Company fire hall, will showcase the town’s business district and provide a number of family-fun activities.

Included in the festival are a pumpkin pie-eating contest, moon bounce, face painting, rock-climbing wall, food vendors, craft fair, pumpkin decorating and more. Live entertainment will be filling the air with tunes from Indian River High School music director Mark Marvel, the Indian River Show Choir and Golden Touch oldies cover band. The Nanticoke Native American Dancers will also be stopping by for a performance, and Minyon himself will even take a seat in a dunking booth.

“We’re anxious to get an event like this under our belt,” said Subity. “There will be good entertainment, and it will be a great time for family to spend the day together and not worry about spending much money. Hopefully, we’ll get a good interaction with the town and visitors.”

There is no admission charge for the Great Pumpkin Festival, and plenty of free parking will be available. A rain date has been set for Sunday, Oct. 11, also from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.

“One of the reasons we wanted to do this festival was to get folks that may have never been to Millville before to come check us out,” Subity added. “We have a lot of wonderful businesses in our town for as small as we are. You can get pretty much anything you need within walking distance.”

For more information about the inaugural Great Pumpkin Festival, contact Jon Subity at (443) 49-6244. Several tables are still available for the Craft Fair, which will be held inside the fire hall, for $20. If interested, contact Rose Albert at (302) 537-4220.