By Andrea McInnis Herald Writer
Toothy grins, glowing eyes and floating gourds.
Visitors can expect these and other features at the 2009 Festival of Pumpkins Celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Snohomish.
The grins and eyes come courtesy of the DJ’s area at First Street and Avenue A, where the Carved Pumpkins Contest entries will be displayed. “Scariest,” “Funniest,” “Most Original” and “Most Artistic” entries can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today and Saturday. Public voting takes place from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, with winners announced at 4 p.m.
The Great Pumpkin River Race’s gourds begin their trip at 3:30 p.m. at the railroad trestle on Maple Avenue and float to the Avenue D Bridge. Race entrants must choose a pumpkin (or a few pumpkins) and heed the number assigned to each pumpkin they select, so they can listen as the winners are announced. The cost is $5 per pumpkin.
Visitors also can enjoy free pumpkin ring tossing, pumpkin soccer, cookie decorating and face painting.
A pet-and-owner costume sidewalk parade will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday on First Street.
“Bringing families the opportunity to come together as a community reinforces the hometown pride that traditional events offer our residents,” Chamber of Commerce manager Pam Osborne said of the festival’s continuing importance to the city.
For more details, visit www.cityofsnohomish.com or call 360-568-2526.
Andrea McInnis: 425-339-3479; firstname.lastname@example.org.