Renfrew Pumpkin Festival planned Oct. 21

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot
Kids enjoy choosing their favorite pumpkin to purchase during a past Renfrew Pumpkin Festival. The event is scheduled this year for Saturday, Oct. 21, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Carve your own pumpkin or watch them fly through the sky during the 24th annual Renfrew Pumpkin Festival, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Renfrew Park in Waynesboro, rain or shine. 

The festival, a joint fund-raiser for Renfrew Institute and Renfrew Museum, includes a full day of activities and fun for all ages.

What’s planned

A team of pumpkin artists will be on hand to help guests carve their own pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns. Safe carving tools and adult supervision are provided. Pumpkins will be available for purchase, priced by size. Decorative Indian corn bundles will also be sold.

The trebuchet will run throughout the day, sending pumpkins flying through the sky. This year, event organizers plan to launch more pumpkins on the trebuchet than ever before. 

Trebuchets — giant catapult devices — originated in medieval times.

“Our trebuchet was constructed by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model,” said Maxine Beck, festival co-chair. “This trebuchet hurls pumpkins, and it’s great fun to watch how far the pumpkins fly.”

A horn is blown to announce the launch of each pumpkin.

Live music is a festival mainstay. The bluegrass band Marv Ashby and High Octane will be the featured entertainment. Based in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, the band is known for dynamic traditional and contemporary bluegrass.

The make-and-take scarecrow workshop is always popular. Participants are encouraged to bring their own long-sleeve shirts and pants. 

“Used clothing in sizes from children’s large to adult small is best for making the scarecrows,” said Beck. Some clothes will be provided, but may run out during the event. Scarecrow clothing donations are welcome. Straw and instructions are provided.

“The day is all about family fun,” Beck said. The corn toss game, pumpkin bowling, and pumpkin ping-pong are fun for all ages. Kids will enjoy face painting, and a “corn kernel station” provides a sandbox-like activity with a pool full of dried corn kernels. Tractor-drawn hayrides will be provided. Photo board setups add to the fun for all.


A full lunch is included in the price of admission — soup, fresh bread, cider and sliced apples. A choice of homemade soups is offered, traditional ham and bean and vegetarian vegetable.

In addition, steamers, fries and country chicken sandwiches will be sold separately, along with hot dogs, soda and coffee. A bake sale offers a variety of homemade goodies.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 4 to 12, and free for children age 3 and under.

Renfrew Museum will hold an open house for tours from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., included with admission to the festival.

Sponsorship support for this event is provided by M&T Bank.

For more information about the Pumpkin Festival, call the institute at 717-762-0373 or the museum at 717-762-4723. Details also available at,, and on Facebook at www.facebook/renfrewpark or www.facebook/renfrewinstitute.