POTSDAM - The Potsdam Farmers Market, in cooperation with local community organization GardenShare, is hosting Pumpkin Fest, a special event featuring fun activities for the whole familyfrom 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oct. 26 behind the municipal lot near Ives Park.
Kids can enjoy pumpkin stem ring toss for the chance to win prizes. Volunteer groups from SUNY Potsdam and Clarkson University will also offer pumpkin crafts, games, candy and healthy Halloween tips. All market visitors are welcome to guess the weight of a big pumpkin as well; the winning guess gets a gift certificate to the winter market. Master Gardeners from Cornell Cooperative Extension will have a booth with resources and helpful information for market visitors.
Pumpkin Fest is going to be a great finish for the outdoor market, according to Aviva Gold of GardenShare. The market will move indoors to Cheel the following week.
Besides the festival itself, there will be a 5K fun run that starts and ends at the market location. The Pumpkin Run registration is at 8 a.m., the race starts at 9 a.m., and prizes are awarded at 10 a.m. First place in each age group will win a pumpkin.
Register online at https://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=5293954 for $4 until October 24th and $6 the day of the race. Search Pumpkin Run 5K on Facebook for more information.
Live music by local artists will serenade shoppers as they browse the booths of over 30 local producers offering fruits, vegetables, eggs, meats, wines, teas, bakery goods, herbs, maple syrup, honey, flowers, and unique crafts of all kinds. Produce in season includes: apples, beans, beets, raspberries, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, corn, cucumbers, eggplant, grapes, herbs, kale, lettuce, melons, onions, pears, peppers, plums, potatoes, pumpkins, radishes, spinach, squash, and Swiss chard.
The event will also feature free tastings of wines and samples of a dish featuring seasonal ingredients fresh from the market.
Harvest Festival is the sixth and final in a series of special events planned for this summer season at the Potsdam Farmers Market designed to bring fun and entertainment to downtown Potsdam and increase awareness and sales of locally produced goods. Debit and EBT cards are accepted.