Pumpkins submitted to the pumpkin decorating contest are seen at the 5th annual Kenai Fall Pumpkin Festival in Kenai, Alaska, on Oct. 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Pumpkins submitted to the pumpkin decorating contest are seen at the 5th annual Kenai Fall Pumpkin Festival in Kenai, Alaska, on Oct. 10, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Pumpkins — on the ground and from above — to make appearance at annual festival

The Kenai Fall Pumpkin Festival is back on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

For its seventh year, the Kenai Fall Pumpkin Festival is back on Saturday from noon to 3 p.m.

Held in Millennium Square — the field between Arby’s and the Senior Center — attendees will partake in pumpkin painting, see pumpkins dropped and splattered from an absurd height, go for a hayride or make their way through the hay maze. Food trucks will also be present.

Tyler Best, the assistant parks and recreation director in Kenai, said the best part of the festival will be giving around a thousand little pumpkins to kids.

This is Best’s second year working on the festival. He said it was born out of a beautification committee.

“It’s kind of just kicking off this time of year, the harvest season,” Best said. “Everything is fall decorated and orange.”

The pumpkin drop is the most recent addition to the festival, he said. Mayor Brian Gabriel climbs to the top of a fire truck ladder — around 60 feet high — and drops a pumpkin and everyone watches it explode.

If the fire truck is called away on an emergency, Best said, there’s a bucket truck on hand.

“Which isn’t as amazing, but it’s still a pumpkin drop.”

This year, in addition to the big pumpkin, Gabriel will be given three smaller sugar pie pumpkins, and challenged to drop one into a bucket of paint.

If he makes it in, everyone gets a free candy.

A video of last year’s pumpkin drop can be found on the City of Kenai Parks & Recreation Facebook page.

Beyond the food trucks and a suggested donation for the hayride, everything at the festival is free, Best said.

“It’s really community driven,” he said. “We’re giving out free pumpkins, we’re doing face painting. It’s really about the community together and celebrating this time of year. It’s a good time, and it’s free and it’s family friendly. I think that really opens the door for anybody who wants to attend.”

More information can be found at kenai.city or on Facebook at an event for the 7th Annual Pumpkin Festival.

Reach reporter Jake Dye at jacob.dye@peninsulaclarion.com.

More in News

The Alaska State Capitol on Friday, March 1, 2024, in Juneau, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Alaska House passes budget with roughly $2,275 payments to residents, bill goes to Senate

The bill also includes a roughly $175 million, one-time increase in aid to school districts that would be paid according to a funding formula

The Kenai River flows near Soldotna Creek Park in Soldotna, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. The Riverfront Redevelopment project will impact much of Soldotna’s riverside areas downstream to the bridge. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna riverfront redevelopment planning moves forward

Soldotna City Council on Monday unanimously approved the creation of a project manager to shepherd the Riverfront Redevelopment Project

Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion
Corey Cannon, who plays baseball as part of Soldotna Little League, speaks to the Soldotna City Council during their meeting in Soldotna on Wednesday.
Soldotna Little League receives donation for facility repairs

The city owns the fields, but the Little League leases the land and is responsible for the maintenance of the facilities

Aleutian Airways logo. Photo courtesy of Aleutian Airways
Aleutian airways to halt Homer service during runway project

Service will be suspended beginning April 15

tease
Homer pedestrian pathway project selected for federal funding

The project will create greater nonmotorized transportation access in Homer

Vendors speak to attendees of the Kenai Peninsula Job and Career Fair in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, April 10, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Job Fair draws employers, seekers

The Job Center has options and opportunities to connect people with training, coaching and funding

Vanessa Uei checks in guests during a grand opening for AK Wellness & Tanning in Kenai, Alaska, on Saturday, April 6, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
AK Wellness & Tanning holds grand opening for new location

The expanded location is along the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai

The Kenai Senior Center’s dining space is readied for the annual March for Meals fundraiser in Kenai, Alaska, on Friday, April 5, 2024. (Photo by Ken Aaron, provided by Kenai Senior Center)
March for Meals raises funds to support senior food service

The local event was organized by Kenai Senior Connection and hosted at the Kenai Senior Center

Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion
An array of solar panels stand in the sunlight at Whistle Hill in Soldotna on Sunday.
Federal grant awarded for Whistle Hill solar project

The annual production of the completed system is estimated to be enough electricity to power 19 homes

Most Read