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By Jill Brubaker Reigh
Hollidaysburg Correspondent 

Annual Hollidaysburg Pumpkinfest Celebrates Autumn


October 17, 2019

Jill Brubaker Reigh

Pumpkinfest is a fur-family friendly event, so the Murgo family of Duncansville brought their furry friends to see other friends. Pictured are (from left) Kim VanBuren and Joe, Mara and Rebecca Murgo and the Murgo Golden Retrievers AJ and Sadie.

Saturday brought a chilly damp start to the 14th annual Hollidaysburg Borough Pumpkinfest. But that didn't deter folks from coming out to celebrate autumn and harvest time.

Jill Brubaker Reigh

Audrey, 6, and her sister Abby Onishi, 8, enjoy treats from the Hollidaysburg Women's Club booth while their parents, Kari and Brian, pose for fun during Pumpkinfest 2019.

Vendors, mostly non-profits, stretched along Allegheny Street for nearly four blocks from Front Street to just shy of the post office. Worthy returning organizations included Home Nursing's Healing Patch "Patched Together" program, promoting "A day of music" at the Bavarian Hall in Altoona on Nov. 16 (, along with the Scarecrow Workshop by Boy Scout Troop 34 of Hollidaysburg.

Tom Scarbro, Scout master, said this is their only fundraiser each year to raise money for troop activities.

New to downtown Hollidaysburg, "From the Heart Companion Service," offered fun for children with Pumpkin Golf to test putting skills.

The rock-climbing wall offered thrilling fun, two live entertainment stages offered nearly non-stop music and dancing, and a petting zoo with a very furry angora rabbit, goats and more drew curious children.

As the day continued into the afternoon, rain clouds departed, welcoming blue skies to wrap up a successful pumpkinfest in Hollidaysburg.


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