Bring the kids to Orting Pumpkin Fest on Oct. 12

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Besides lots of good food, the event will include live entertainment on two stages, 50 arts and crafts booths, commercial booths, local farmers market, rod and custom car show, games, bounce houses, activities for children, Point Defiance Pirates and the Little Pumpkin Pals Parade at noon. Credit: File Photo

The 13th Annual Orting Pumpkin Fest will take place on Saturday, Oct. 12,10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the City of Orting. Once again, the festivities are located in the heart of town in the Orting City Park.

The Orting Pumpkin Fest is a food-oriented festival modeled after similar events in California, Ohio, and Canada. It’s a joint effort of the City of Orting, Tacoma Events Commission, Orting Valley Farmers Market and community sponsors. Our mission is to celebrate, promote, and enhance community spirit and pride with an affordable, fun, and family-oriented festival.

The festival is primarily a food festival that features items prepared with pumpkin as a main ingredient. The eight food booths will be run by professional vendors and by local not-for-profit groups working to raise funds for community projects. Besides lots of good food, the event will include live entertainment (see below) on two stages, 50 arts and crafts booths, commercial booths, local farmers market, rod and custom car show, games, bounce houses, activities for children, Point Defiance Pirates and the Little Pumpkin Pals Parade at noon.

The Orting Valley Farmers Market will present local farms and more at the Orting Station building during Pumpkin Fest, including local wine, honey, produce, locally roasted coffee, plants, and more. Be sure to stop in and pick up great items to take home.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT

  • Worthy Music Ministries’ Family Stage (located at the gazebo on Train Street), 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Roving Magic Show: John the Magic Guy performs the very old street performing art called “busking.” A “busker” builds a crowd, performs an act then passes the hat for tips.
  • Car Show Stage (by the Orting Station): Act 1 Theater Production of “Scarecrows,” 10 a.m. to noon
  • Lil Pumpkin Pals Parade: Life Christian Eagle Drumline, 12:15-1 p.m.; Jeweled Scarab Dance Company, 1-1:45 p.m.; Al Earick Band (blues), 2-4 p.m.

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