Every October, families descend on Victorian Square in Sparks to celebrate fall, and this year will be no different. Year after year PumpkinPalooza attendance grows, gaining popularity with families looking for good old-fashioned fun and an affordable way to spend the day at a wholesome event, free from reality TV and social media. PumpkinPalooza takes place on Sunday, October 22 in Victorian Square in Sparks from 10:00 a.m. until 5 p.m.
As always, it offers a day of fun featuring all things pumpkin. First up is perhaps the most popular contest taking place at PumpkinPalooza each year: the Pumpkin Derby. This race features your custom-decorated pumpkins set atop wheels cruising down a specialized pumpkin ramp. Take your creative juices and pair them with physics and a touch of luck, and voila – a fun contest is born.
Or how about creating your own marshmallow shooter out of PVC pipe and then trying your skills on the custom range?
For messy eaters with big appetites, PumpkinPalooza is hosting a traditional Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. This no-hands, no-holds-barred contest takes place throughout the day, and even little tummies can compete because it’s not just about tonnage of pie filling consumed in this challenge – the judge in this contest is the audience, where the biggest applause recipient takes all.
It wouldn’t be a true palooza without the chicken pot game and ring toss. PumpkinPalooza sponsors are offering up a variety of carnival-style games at the various vendor booths set along Victorian Square. Didn’t successfully make it the first time? No worries – these games are inexpensive, so you can try again and again.
In addition to family togetherness and the crisp fall air, PumpkinPalooza features several live musical acts for you to enjoy. Enjoy The Note-Ables, Reno Rock Camp, Art in Motion, Rebekah Chase Band, arizona jones, and Hollywood Trashed at the Great Basin Brewery stage in the heart of Victorian Square. Add in viewing the adorable annual Family Costume Parade, led by TV’s Zomboo, and it’s an afternoon in autumn festival heaven.
And it’s all benefiting the Northern Nevada Center for Independent Living, founded in 1982 by a small group of people with disabilities, who believe that each person, regardless of the severity of his or her disability, has the potential to grow, develop and share fully the joys and responsibilities of our society. For more information, visit www.pumpkinpalooza.org or call (775) 353-3599.