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from the Lake Villa - Lindenhurst Review 9 October 2003
Millburn hosts first Pumpkinfest
A Lindenhurst resident is hoping to paint Millburn orange this weekend.
Pumpkins and miniature orange lights will welcome visitors to Millburn's first Pumpkinfest Friday and Saturday, sponsored by the Millburn Congregational United Church of Christ.
The two-day festival will feature food, entertainment, an auction and outdoor movies and will serve as a fund-raiser for the church, said Bob Reding, who spearheaded the planning for the event.
"Lindenhurst has Lindenfest. I think Millburn is definitely due for having their own," he said.
The activities will all take place near the church, located at Route 45 and Millburn Road, Reding said. On Friday, bands will entertain guests from 5 until 8 p.m. Later that evening, the church will show a movie on an outdoor movie screen, possibly "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," Reding said.
Brats, hot dogs and pumpkin pie will be served, he added. Saturday, Reding said, will be the big day. An arts and crafts fair will be held from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., featuring more than 20 local crafters, across the street from the church. Throughout the day, local Boy Scout and Cub Scout troops will offer activities for children, including a rain gutter regatta and a rope bridge. The Lake County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit will be on-hand for demonstrations.
Because the theme this year is "Old and New," Reding said historical demonstrations will also be held during the day, including corn-grinding and candle-making.
Mildred Haisma, a Millburn resident who is in her 90's, will hold quilt-making demonstrations in her garage, Reding said.
"It's really fun for the whole family," said Reding of Pumpkinfest.
Local bands will again entertain visitors in the evening, followed by another movie on the outdoor screen at 8 p.m. An auction is planned at the church from 5 until 8 p.m. and will feature items donated by local businesses, including a tree from Millburn Tree Farm and gift certificates. Reding said the event will also promote Millburn's businesses. The Millburn Tree Farm will give pumpkins to the first 100 people to tour all five Millburn businesses. Pumpkins from the Millburn Tree Farm will also be used in games, including pumpkin bowling, and will be for sale during Pumpkinfest.
"I'm excited," said Reding, adding that the temperatures are supposed to be in the 70's this weekend. "It's a great event for this time of year."
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