The 27th Annual Giant Pumpkin party and Children's Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Grahamsville, N.Y.

— The 27th Annual Giant Pumpkin party and Children's Parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds in Grahamsville, N.Y.

A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, this old-time country fair and autumn festival has something for everyone – from the costume parade to pony rides, giant pumpkin growing contest, haunted house, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a "Better" Book Sale, harvest baking contest, delicious food and other amusements!

"The Book Nook," a custom-made, nine-hole miniature golf course will be featured again this year. Each hole has a different theme, based on a popular children's book. Golfers young and old will surely want to attempt their luck on this course. Also added is "Win It In A Minute!" Guests will have the opportunity of beating the clock to compete in several different challenges throughout the day.

Each task will be a 60-second contest using regular household items. Persons will be asked to toss, bend, flip, drop, stack and balance!

The children's costume parade (open to children of all ages) will begin the day's activities. Marchers should assemble on the library lawn at 8:30 a.m. (Please park first at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds and take the free shuttle bus.) Entertainment on the library front lawn will be provided by Jack Luster and Dr. Professor Balloonakiss, a performance that takes the ordinary and transforms it into color, magic and fun.

At 9 a.m., parade participants will march the ¼ mile route to the Fairgrounds where costume prize winners will be announced.

One-hundred forty prizes will be awarded in seven categories. Groups wishing to enter a float in the parade should contact the Daniel Pierce Library or visit the library's website ( for additional information; this year's theme is: "Dream Big:


Once the parade has entered the Fairgrounds, the day-long musical entertainment will get

under way. This year, the Giant Pumpkin Party stage welcomes a wonderful variety of Old-Time music, mountain tunes, traditional ballads, bluegrass and folk songs, featuring Tom Benson and the Dyer Switch Band. Also appearing from Woodstock, N.Y., is

Mark Rust, a versatile performer on a variety of instruments who has appeared in concert with Pete Seeger and with Peter, Paul & Mary.

Visitors to the Giant Pumpkin Party will also enjoy the children's games (every child is a winner), pony rides, craft activities, obstacles course, hay rides, petting zoo, hay maze, handmade crafts, bake sale and raffle featuring more than fifty prizes.

In addition to these

activities, Giant Pumpkin partiers may participate in the many scheduled contests. Among these are the Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest (adult and children's categories), Pumpkin

Decorating Contest, Country Bake Contest, Obstacle Course, Hay Bale Throw Contest, and Theme Float Contest. Prizes and/or trophies will be awarded for each. Entry forms and contest rules are available in advance by contacting the Daniel Pierce Library, visiting the library website, or at the information booth on the day of the Party.

Every library benefit needs a book sale, and the Pumpkin Party is no exception. A

collection of gently used books, the best donated to the library over the course of the year, has been set aside for this special one-day sale.

Sumptuous taste treats of homemade donuts, funnel cakes, hamburgers, hot dogs, chili, wraps, nachos, hot apple cider and soft drinks will be available for purchase.

Admission and parking are free. The event is held rain or shine. Funds raised will be used for the Children's Program Room and to purchase automation equipment and needed books for all age groups.

Grahamsville is set in the scenic Catskill Mountains, just 100 miles from New York

City. The drive takes you through the rich beauty of New York's fall foliage. The Fairgrounds are easily accessible from the Kingston Thruway exit to Route 209 and Route 55, or from Route 17 to Liberty exit 100A, right onto Route 55 for 14 miles.

For entry forms, contest rules, a schedule of the day's events, or additional information, call the Daniel Pierce Library at (845) 985-7233 or visit the Giant Pumpkin party page at www/