It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane…No, Wait…It’s a Flying Pumpkin
Pumpkinpalooza is the event of the year in Hoosick Falls, N.Y. and the fifth annual celebration is happening all day, all around town, on Saturday, September 21. HAYC3 and its community partners are offering up a myriad of exciting and fun events for kids, adults and families.
If you’ve never experienced The Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest at the Town Athletic Fields, you absolutely must! It works like this: teams or individuals design and build human-powered stored-energy machine (i.e., a catapult or trebuchet) that can toss a pumpkin (at least three pounds) and hit targets 100 to 250 feet away from the launch zone. Distance and trajectory are important, but the competition is about accuracy…you have to hit that target. As exciting as the Punkin’ Chunkin’ contest is, Pumpkinpalooza is more than just that one event. A super-exciting new event is the Tractor and Agriculture Show, 9 to 3. Kevin O’Malley is in charge of the event, whose theme is ‘Preserving the Past for the Future.’ Contemporary and antique tractors will be on display and best in show prizes will be awarded.
The Rolf Max Sternberg 5K Run for Vibrant Communities will honor his life (1945-2012) and legacy in Hoosick Falls, and ensure that we continue to work towards the community’s renaissance. We hope you will be there for this race to honor him and support our hometown. Rolf will be smiling down on us as we come together to enjoy the countryside and the community that was so dear to him. The race starts at 9. Medals will be awarded to top finishers a variety of categories.
New this year are a chowder cook-off, a bounce house for the kids and a geocaching expedition, to name just a few. Returning this year are the pet parade, the ‘no place like gnome’ hunt, the fun run, pancake breakfast, laser tag, gourd and pumpkin painting, a K-9 demonstration by the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department and more. There will be food and craft vendors at Wood Memorial Park and the Town Athletic Fields, and organizations sharing information.
Following the day’s activities, the annual Harvest Dinner will take place at the Armory, with delicious food, music and dancing, and a live auction of fifteen custom hand-carved wooden owls painted by local artists as part of Hoosick’s “Summer of the Owl.”
This community-wide event is an exceptional opportunity for vendors and organizations. Virtually the entire community attends. Make some money or spread your info and support the community all at the same time.