Pumpkins to fly from trebuchets during Camano fundraiser

The Camano Pumpkin Project at Kristoferson Farm this weekend will raise money for six charities.

CAMANO ISLAND — Pumpkins are to be launched from trebuchets at a local farm during a festival to raise money for charities.

The second Camano Pumpkin Project is set for this weekend at Kristoferson Farm, 332 NE Camano Dr. It runs from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Last year’s event was one day. The goal is to double participation this year.

It’s more than medieval weapons hurtling pumpkins into the air.

Activities include live music, a beer garden, food and craft vendors, fresh-pressed apple cider and games such as pumpkin bowling and tug-of-war.

People can drop off carved pumpkins at the farm Friday to be entered into a carving contest. A master carver plans to be at work on a large pumpkin during Saturday’s festivities. Guests will be challenged to guess the weight of another giant pumpkin, grown on the island.

Mona Campbell, one of the owners of the family farm, said her brother, Kris Kristoferson, came up with the idea for the Pumpkin Project.

“It was his notion to put together an event that really brought the community together,” she said.

The cost of admission is $10 for one day or $15 for both. Children younger than 5 are free.

After covering event costs, the money raised goes to six local charities: the Stanwood Camano Food Bank, Camano Center, Safe Harbor Clinic, Camano Animal Shelter Association, ReMax Community Grant Chest and Stanwood Camano Resource Center.

Last year, about 850 people attended. Campbell would like to see twice as many this year. Though attendance was good last fall, after paying for the costs of event, the donations to the nonprofits weren’t large, she said.

“We kept the charities the same this year so we can hopefully do more for them,” she said.

Many of the people who stopped by the event last year are coming back this weekend to volunteer, Campbell said. She had more than 30 people signed up to help last week, and the list was getting longer each day.

Launching pumpkins into the air was one of the biggest hits last year.

“The trebuchets are quite the spectacle,” Campbell said.

Tickets are available at the farm day-of, or online at brownpapertickets.com/event/3594674. More information is available at camanopumpkinproject.com.

Kari Bray: 425-339-3439; kbray@heraldnet.com

Talk to us

More in Local News

A driver struck a woman in a motorized wheelchair Saturday in Lynnwood. (Lynnwood police)
Woman on wheelchair hit by car in Lynnwood, seriously hurt

The woman was on a sidewalk, passing by a drive-thru in Lynnwood, when a driver pulled out and hit her.

A barge worker hauls in an oil boom before heading off with the remains of the Mukilteo Ferry Dock ramp and pier on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021 in Mukilteo, Washington. With the new dock in operation, all that is left is to tear down the old ticket building. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Old Mukilteo ferry dock afloat on the barge of ‘Lincoln Logs’

The haul included 213 wood pilings, 15 concrete pilings, 47 steel pilings and a “Speed Limit 15” sign.

State Patrol worker from Everett charged with attempted child rape

Trevor Smith worked as a commercial vehicle enforcement officer assigned inspecting school buses.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Federal package could drive more than $10B to Washington

The state would get $7.6B for COVID response, schools and child care. Snohomish County is in line for $160M.

Samantha Lake
Missing girl, 12, found safely

Seattle FBI located Samantha Lake on Friday.

Everett man identified after being found dead in creek

The cause of death for Renee Baltazar Romero remained under investigation Thursday.

Jeanette Ho Shin Weddell, 96, died of COVID-19 on Dec. 29, 2020. (Contributed photo)
Marysville grandmother, 96, was one in half a million lost

In a week when the president took time to mourn COVID deaths, local families were grieving, too.

An access road leads into plot of land located in north Darrington that could potentially be used to build a 30-acre Wood Innovation Center, which will house CLT manufacturing and modular building companies on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Darrington, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
$6 million grant is green light for Darrington timber center

The Darrington Wood Innovation Center is set to become a reality — bringing roughly 150 jobs with it.

Report shows vaccine inequities in Snohomish County

The county’s Hispanic population is getting doses at a third of the rate of white residents.

Most Read