Lake Park Pumpkin Fest Returns with New Events for Kids & Adults

Lake Park Pumpkin Fest Returns with New Events for Kids & Adults

September 22, 2021 News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

Lake Park, MN — Celebrate the fall season with three days of family fun this week in Lake Park at the Lake Park Pumpkin Fest, held annually during the last weekend in September. Lake Park Pumpkin Fest features a number pumpkin and fall related activities and contests starting Thursday, September 23rd and continuing through Saturday, September 25th. Many of the main attractions are back this year, including the pumpkin carving contest, car show, craft show, corn maze, parade, many food options, and more. New this year is a major attraction for the kids. Terri Nelson of the Lake Park Pumpkin Fest committee says they brought in a Ninja Anywhere course for kids to test out their ninja skills.

The Lake Park Pumpkin Fest committee added another unique event this year that is geared specifically for adults. Nelson says they are looking for participants for their first ever Pitchers, Puzzles, and Pizza event on Saturday.

Pumpkin Fest will kick off on Thursday, September 23rd with Burger Night at the American Legion and the return of Pumpkin Carve and Cork.

Friday night will feature the aforementioned pumpkin and scarecrow contest and yard decorating judging, along with Lil’ Miss Pumpkin Fest Pageant at the Lake Park High School.

Some of Saturday’s activities include the Harvest Breakfast the Legion starting at 7am, Classic Car Show and Craft and Vendor Sale from 9am until 2pm, Pumpkin Trail 5K at 9am, Pumpkin Playground at City Park, Lefsa Making demonstrations from 10am until Noon at the Firehall, corn maze, Parade at 2:30, Fireman’s Brat feed at 3:30, and much more Pumpkin fun. Listen to the full interview with Terri Nelson below:

2021 Pumpkin Fest Schedule of Events
Thursday, September 23
6:00 – 8:00 Burger Night @ American Legion
7:00 Pumpkin Carve and Cork – “21 yr and over” event at LP Liquor Store

Friday, September 24th
5:00 – 7:00 Pumpkin/Scarecrow Contest Registration @ City Center
5:00 Judging Yard Decorating– 1stplace-$50 / 2nd place-$30 / 3rd place $20
7:00 Lil’ Miss Pumpkin Fest Pageant @ LPA HS theatre

Saturday, September 25th
7:00 Harvest Breakfast at LP Legion
9:00 – 1:00 Garden Club Vegetables, Plants & Crafts Sale @ Firehall
8:00 – 4:00 Pumpkin Contest Display @ Firehall
9:00 – 2:00 Craft & Vendor Show @ High School –
9:00 – 1:00 Weigh-In Largest Pumpkin Contest–between LP Ins & LP & Cuba Ins bldg– sponsor Ron & Melissa Mattson
9:00 5K Pumpkin Trail Run/Walk & Youth Fun Run – meet at city firehall-hosted by LPA Cross Country Team
9:00 – 2:00 Classic Car Show – participants door prizes drawings at 1:30 – sponsored by Midwest Rod & Custom
9:00 – 12:00 “PUMPKIN PLAYGROUND” @ city park – youth pumpkin games
10:00 – Until gone “Old fashioned Pie and Ice Cream Social” @LP Historical Museum – downtown
10:00 – 2:00 Open House @ LP Historical Museum
9:30 – 11:00 Pumpkin Dessert Bake-off – Sampling and voting by the people – Freewill donation to participate in tasting and
voting – to register call Julie Zachariason 238-5741 Dessert entries must be dropped off at the FireHall by 9:00
9:30 – 1:30 Tractor Display @ Bus Garage
9:30 Face Painting @ the Gazebo by The Painted Turtle
10:00 Dunk Tank and 100 Second Hang – UCB Wrestling Fundraiser @ between LP Ins. And LP and Cuba Ins buildings
10:00 – 12:00 LP Lutheran church Lefsa Making Demonstration and Sale – Firehall
10:00 – 12:00 Helmets for Kids – at Park Shelter
10:00 – 12:00 Open House @ One Room Schoolhouse
10:00 – 2:00 Wagon Rides – loading by the fire bay
10:00 – 2:00 Corn Maze – Fun for all ages – East of the Legion – sponsor Lakeview g/REA Hybrids
10:00 – 12:00 Barrel Train Rides – @ the city park -sponsored by area farmers
11:00 – 2:00 NINJA ANYWHERE obstacle course @ the city park- minors must have a signed waiver to participate …
11:00 – 2:00 BBQ’s @ American Legion
11:00 Harvest Pie Walk @ – Nelson Quonset (south of legion) sponsored by LP Garden Club
11:00 – 1:00 Junior Fireman’s Obstacle Course – sponsored by the LP Firemen @ the city park – Ages 6 to 12
12:00 Pitchers, Puzzles and Pizza – @ LP Liquor Store 4 person per team $10/per person entry fee- prizes for the top 3 teams
12:30 Pumpkin cleaning and carving contest @ Fire Bay
2:15 Kiddie Parade–Line up at 2:00 at the gazebo -parade goes north to 2nd & Liberty St
2:30 Parade – 2nd St – parade entrants meet at LP Lutheran for parade line-up by 2:15
3:30 – 5:00 Firemen’s Brat feed @ LP Legion – freewill donation – support your local fire department
8:30 pm – 12:30 – DJ at LP liq store