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33rd MILFORD PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Columbus Day Weekend • October 7th - 9th, 2022

JOIN US FOR 3 FUN, FESTIVE, & FLAVORFUL DAYS

Fri. 10/7 ~ 5PM-9PM    Sat. 10/8 ~ 10AM-9PM     Sun. 10/9 ~ 10AM-3PM

The festival kicks off 

Friday night at 6:30 PM on The Oval Stage 

with the opening ceremonies and presentation of Milford’s 2022 Citizen of The Year. 

Milford Pumpkin Runner to light up Town Hall with the help of the Milford Fire Department at approximately 7:00 PM.

The Haunted Trail @Emerson Park

Hosted by Benevolent 7 Masonic Lodge & GTFC

Design and Special Effects by Witches Spring

Friday, October 7th 6:00 – 9:00 PM 

Saturday, October 8th 5:30 - 9:00 PM

Beware the Monsters on the Haunted Trail where everyone can hear you scream!

Tickets are $5, Children under 10 are $1  Screams are FREE! 

Children under 12 MUST be accompanied by an Adult!

Community House Lawn

Beer, Wine & Spirits Tastings 

Hosted by the Milford Rotary Club & Milford Lions Club. Friday & Saturday Night 5:30-8:30 PM Under The Tent A wonderful line-up of local and regional brewers, vintners and distillers will be sharing tastes of their fabulous beverages. Papa Joe O’Neail will be the guest chef Friday night. 

On The Oval

In addition to the wonderful musical entertainment on The Oval Stage and the many great vendor booths around The Oval, check-out these special activities!

Pumpkin Carving & Community Lighting

On The Oval, Saturday October 8

Carve a pumpkin at our pumpkin carving table 

on The Oval Saturday 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM and bring your creation to the community lighting @ 6PM on the Bandstand. 

Every pumpkin brought to the lighting earns a raffle ticket for our drawing for a pumpkin carved by Jim Flis (samples on our home page). 

Great Pumpkin Weigh-In

33rd Year Hosted by Kokko Realty and the Kokko Family 

The Great Pumpkin Weigh-In will be 12 Noon on Saturday October 8th at The Oval. The ginormous pumpkins will be on display throughout the festival. Be sure to come by and check-out these beauties! We greatly appreciate the Kokko Family’s dedication and time to continue this great tradition!

Scarecrow Making, Pumpkin Painting & Face Painting

All three fun family activities are available for your enjoyment! Saturday 10AM – 3:30PM  &  Sunday 10AM – 3PM

Community House Lawn 5 Union Street

Scarecrow Making  $15 per scarecrow   Face Painting  $1 for one cheek, $5 full face

Pumpkin Painting  $5 per pumpkin

Community House Lawn

Through-out the weekend there will be great musical entertainment on The Community House Lawn Stage! 

School & Non-profit Game and Vendor Booths

Saturday 10AM – 3:30PM  &  Sunday 10AM – 3PM

A host of local school and nonprofit groups will be offering fun activities for “kids” of all ages and some fine food & beverages. The Milford Rotary and Lions Clubs will be on the grills and serving up burgers, sausages and more!

Be sure to stop by!  

Middle Street & Town Hall 

Wonderful artisans and crafters!

Arts & Crafts & Other Good things!

Artisans and crafters galore along with some of the best-ever food trucks and concessions will be at The Milford Pumpkin Festival with booths set-up in the Town Hall Auditorium and along both sides of Middle Street. 

Rubber Duck Race

Hosted by Milford Volunteer Ambulance Association

The rubber ducks will be racing their way down the Souhegan River once again!

Purchase your Ducks at the Milford Ambulance Service’s Booth on Middle Street 

(Town Hall side of the street at the overhead doors) starting on Friday at 5 pm and 

ending on Sunday at 12 noon.

Duck Race down the Souhegan begins at Emerson Park on Sunday at 1PM.

Ducks are $5 for 1 or $20 for 5     Cash Prizes for the Winning Ducks!!

Proceeds benefit the Milford Volunteer Ambulance Association

Emerson Park

Bounce House, Vendors and More Fun Activities

Around Downtown!

Windows Around The Oval

As you stroll around downtown Milford be sure to enjoy the fantastic window art created by the Milford High School National Art Honor Society students under the leadership of their advisor Ms. Jessica Bouchard.  Be sure to visit their booth on The Oval and check-out thier artistry as face painters over at the Community House Lawn!

Pumpkin Catapult 

Hosted by Souhegan Valley Dollars for Scholars

Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm  &   Sunday 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Will your pumpkin shot sink the Pumpkin Scarecrow floating in Railroad Pond? 

Just off The Oval at the TD Bank lower parking lot on South Street. 

Cost - $3 for 1 pumpkin shot and $5 for 2 pumpkin shots   

Come give it a try!     All proceeds support local academic scholarships.

Progressive Mural by Eric Escobar

What will Eric create this year? Famous for his large-scale live mural paintings, Eric has been creating a special piece for the Milford Pumpkin Festival since 2018. Visitors are invited to watch the progress and be part of the creative process.  Be sure to stop by Station 101 starting Friday, October 7th and throughout the festival to see the art happening in real-time.   

Milford Fire Department Open House

Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Fire Station, 39 School Street

Come by and meet Sparky, check-out the fire trucks, and 

learn more about fire safety and modern firefighting.

Milford History Walking Tour

Hosted by the Milford Historical Society 

Saturday or Sunday morning at 8:00 am or 9:30 am 

Starting at the Carey House, 6 Union Street, this guided walk will take us around The Oval and nearby sights - we will share views of Milford’s past and find out stories behind the many treasured buildings of the past.  Learn about the famous bank robbery of 1874, the historic “Swing Bridge”, the Paul Revere Bell, and find out how Milford got its name!

Be prepared to walk for about an hour and enjoy the sights and stories of Milford.

The Flying Gravity Circus

Saturday 10/8 from 12:00 pm-5:30 pm

The Flying Gravity Circus will be delighting the crowds with their fun, high energy strolling street performances on Saturday!  They will be performing along Union Square near the Pasta Loft and the Union St/Elm St intersection.

Vietnam War Memorial Memorial Committee

During the Pumpkin Festival, please stop by the committee’s booth at the World War II Memorial Park (beside Union St Grill) on Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm to learn more about the work they are doing to honor Milford’s Vietnam veterans.

Skywatch 

Weather permitting on Friday and Saturday nights, Richard DeMidio will be bringing his telescopes down to the Keyes Memorial Park baseball field for viewing the night sky!!

Scouting on the Church Lawn

Hosted by Milford Cub Scout Pack 4, Milford Troop 407 & Wilton Troop 10

At the 1st Congregational Church, 10 Union Street

Saturday 10/8 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM