For the 22nd year, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be unloading pumpkins to sell as one of the church’s annual fund raisers that benefits local community agencies. The pumpkins are scheduled to be delivered Saturday morning, September 30, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Pumpkins will go on sale at noon on Sunday, October 1.

For the 22nd year, First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) will be unloading pumpkins to sell as one of the church’s annual fund raisers that benefits local community agencies. The pumpkins are scheduled to be delivered Saturday morning, September 30, beginning at 7:30 a.m. Pumpkins will go on sale at noon on Sunday, October 1.

The name of the annual event has been changed to Pumpkin Fest as the church has changed pumpkin suppliers. However, the event and activities will be much the same as in past years.

Over the past 21 years, it has been estimated that the church has contributed more than $60,000 from the profits on the sale of the pumpkins to various community agencies. This year the profits from the Pumpkin Fest will be shared with: The Jim Thorpe Academy; The Shawnee Rescue Mission; the Volunteer Health Center (Pott. County free clinic); and Hope House at Youth and Family Resources.

This year the pumpkins will be supplied from a local farm, and the pumpkins that will be delivered Saturday were harvested earlier in the week.

The Pumpkin Fest will be open Sunday-Friday from noon until 6 p.m. Hours on Saturday will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Pumpkin Fest will again provide Story Time for first grade, kindergarten, pre-school, and day care children by appointment on certain mornings during October. Again, this fun time is provided free of charge for students, teachers, parents and grandparents.

In addition to the pumpkins, the church will also be selling hay, homemade salsas, chow-chows, hot pepper jelly, pickled beets, bread & butter pickles, pickled okra, peach jam and strawberry jam.

The Pumpkin Fest Special, with Engineer Jim Comfort, is scheduled to be providing free train rides each Saturday and through the week in October.

Special events are scheduled each Saturday during the run of the Pumpkin Fest. Saturday, October 7 will be Children’s Fun Day and children will be able to paint their own pumpkins. There will also be a Garage Sale benefitting the church’s support of homeless veterans. October 14 will feature Blue Grass Music from 1-3 p.m. October 28 will feature a bake sale.

Tuesday, October 31, will be trick or treat at the Pumpkin Fest.

Gail Reeves is the Pumpkin Fest chair and has been working since last year’s event to make this year’s event a success. The church will again be able to accept credit cards this year through square reader.

Those who purchase pumpkins should remember that they are helping raise funds for community agencies that provide a variety of services to local people.