Milford, N.H. is hosting it's 21st Annual Pumpkin Festival this Columbus Day weekend, and it's big news is by far the locally made Punkin Chunkin - a device that claims to shoot pumpkins over a mile in distance using only compressed air! You'll need to get there on Sunday for your chance to see this incredible machine.
As for the pumpkin fest itself, there's plenty to eat, see and do! Friday night kicks off with a Talent Show on the stage of the Souhegan valley Boys and Girls Club, featuring over 19 acts vying for the $500 first prize. The rest of the weekend is filled with comedy, magic and juggling shows, and plenty of live music no matter what time of day you can attend. As for all the other reasons you should attend this Pumpkin Fest opposed to many other events this famous fall weekend, consider these: beer tasting, pumpkin catapulting, arts, crafts, giant pumpkin weigh-in, dozens of kids activities, scarecrow making, chili cook off, train rides, bounce houses and story telling. No that's not all, but isn't it enough!
The parking is tough for this festival, as almost the whole downtown is off limits to thru traffic. Plan for parking and shuttle time. Check on event website for details and graphic map of where you should park. Parking for the Pumpkin Chunkin is available at the Milford Drive-In. Access is Via State Route 101 (FOLLOW THE SIGNS) - turn right at the intersection with Route 101A. Shuttle buses will run from the Drive In to the Punkin Chunkin Cannon Site and to the Downtown festival area. Parking is $5 per car, the shuttle buses are free.
Photo of 2009 Milford Pumpkin Festival giant pumpkins; courtesy Kimberly Sherman