Hollidaysburg hosting 12th Pumpkin Fest

HOLLIDAYSBURG — Black jack-o’-lanterns stood out against the background of a bright orange banner that hung Wednesday over Allegheny Street.

On Saturday, the street beneath that banner likely will be teeming with hundreds of eventgoers gathered for Pumpkin Fest, an annual celebration of the fall season in Hollidaysburg.

“This will be the 12th annual,” said Shalen Perehinec, the borough’s former Main Street manager.

This year, about 90 vendors will line local streets, where they’re slated to sell crafts, foods and other goods, Perehinec said.

“Basically any type of vendor,” she said, revealing there also will be live music.

The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will result in the closure of a portion of Allegheny Street, as well as its side streets.

Allegheny will be closed between its intersections with Front and Penn streets.

And Montgomery, Wayne and Union streets will be closed between their intersections with Strawberry and Cherry alleys.

In addition to vendors, several attractions will be available for younger visitors, Perehinec said, noting a petting zoo will be among them.

One of the biggest offerings, she said, will be a climbable rockwall, which has been a success in the past.

“It’s a crowd favorite,” Perehinec said.

Also, visitors to the festival will be able to look on as participants showcase their pets in an annual dog show.

Perehinec said winners will be selected among the pack.

“It’s like a fun competition,” she said.

Tangential to the Pumpkin Fest, the Everett Railroad is to offer its Pumpkin Patch Train Ride at 10 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Ticket prices range from $18 to $21.

“The steam-powered ride between Hollidaysburg and Kladder includes a stop at our pumpkin patch where children will receive a small pumpkin and a felt sticker decorating kit,” according to the railroad’s website.

Perehinec said thousands of visitors typically attend Pumpkin Fest, and urged eventgoers to plan accordingly.

“It should be fun, and the weather looks nice,” she said.

Earlier this week, the National Weather Service predicted partly sunny skies and a high temperature of 77 degrees for Saturday.

A full schedule of events and a list of registered vendors can be found on the festival’s website — http://www.hollidaysburg.org/hollidaysburg-pumpkin-festival.

Information about Everett Railroad’s Pumpkin Patch Train Ride can be found at http://www.everettrailroad.com/excursions/schedule/events/pumpkinpatch.aspx.