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September 12, 2011

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce

Giant Pumpkins To Converge on Cooperstown for PumpkinFest 2011

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Giant Pumpkins To Converge on Cooperstown for PumpkinFest 2011

COOPERSTOWN, NY (09/10/2011) How big is your pumpkin? Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce is ready to find out at the 7th Annual PumpkinFest Celebration, presented by the Chamber with support from the Village of Cooperstown, the New York State Giant Pumpkin Growers Association, the Otsego County Tourism Program, Springer’s, Inc. and many others. Pumpkins will be weighed, awarded, cooked and eaten, painted, paddled, raced and even serenaded as PumpkinFest returns to Cooperstown on Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25. The 2010 winning pumpkin was 1540.7 pounds from grower, Todd Brownell of Pennsylvania. Can you top that?

The competition kicks off on Saturday morning, September 24 with an official weigh-off in the Doubleday Field parking lot beginning at 10am. Giant pumpkins from throughout New York State and the northeast will be transported to Cooperstown to determine this year’s festival champion, competing for top honors and $2,000. Squash and other oversized vegetables will also tip the scales for cash prizes and titles in their respective categories. Pumpkins grown in Otsego County will receive special recognition and an additional $250 will be awarded to the pumpkin and/or squash that breaks the New York state record. Weigh-off registration is from 7:30-9:30 a.m.

On Sunday, PumpkinFest moves to Lake Front Park for the annual Regatta as, from 7:30-10 a.m., pumpkin growers and event sponsors prepare to take to the water in the shells of what once were 400-pound-plus pumpkins. In two separate heats that begin at 11 a.m., these unconventional crafts will be captained from the "starting line," and back again, competing for the top prize of $250. Following the Sponsor and Grower races, a series of community races will be held for small prizes. Pre-registration is required. Following the races there will be two sets of musical performances by PHROG thanks to the generosity of the Cooperstown Concert Series.

Both days offer a variety of craft and food vendors as well as activities for children and live alpacas. Complete Details for PumpkinFest 2011 are available at www.cooperstownchamber.org.

Sponsors of PumpkinFest 2011, including cash and in-kind donations, are: Great Pumpkin ($5,000 and up): Otsego County Tourism Program; Pumpkin Spice ($1,000-$2,999): New York State Giant Pumpkin Growers Association, Springer’s, Inc. Jack-O-Lantern ($500-$999) : WSKG Public Broadcasting, NBT Bank, Royal Chrysler & Hyundai , Stewart’s Shops, Cooperstown Concert Series Pumpkin Paddler ($250-$499):Brewery Ommegang, Community Bank, Davidson’s Jewelry & Augur’s Bookstore, Friends of Glimmerglass State Park, Gordon B. Roberts Agency, Hampton Inn, Hickory Grove Motor Inn, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, NY Pizzeria, Otesaga Resort Hotel, Smith Cooperstown, Inc., Sam Smiths Boat Yard, Time Out Boat Rentals and others

PumpkinFest 2011 Schedule
PumpkinFest Promo2011Saturday, September 24

Doubleday Field Parking Lot
9am – 3pm · Craft and Food Vendors

· Weighoff Begins at 10am

· Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides

· Live Alpacas

· Musical Performance

Following the weighoff, head to the Inn at Cooperstown for Beer Tasting on the Lawn, 16 Chestnut, 2 – 5pm

Sunday, September 25
Lake Front Park
9am-2pm · Pumpkin Regatta Preparations, 7:30am – 10am

· Craft and Food Vendors, 9am – 2pm

· Races Scheduled to Begin at 11am

· Live Alpacas

· Children’s Activites including:Corn Husk Doll Making, Pumpkin Putt Golf, Gem Mining, Spin Art, Sack Races, Pumpkin Pins, and More!

· Musical performances by PHROG (details below)

Special Performances by PHROG Sponsored by Cooperstown Concert Series Immediately following the Regatta – approximately Noon "Phrog, a talented fivesome whose old, new and original blues, coupled with roots rock and roll, will have you dancing around the pumpkins!"

For more information about PumpkinFest or any aspect of the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, contact Susan O’Handley, Executive Director at 31 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown, susan.

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