On Sept. 29, organizers will host the annual Pumpkin Festival at Ransom Park in Tioga Center, N.Y. The Festival starts at 9 a.m. and will entertain guests until 5 p.m.

There will be entertainment all day on the bandstand as well as various acts scattered about the grounds. There will be exhibits to include the sheriff's K-9 unit, and the state police who will put on a crash simulation. The event will also feature a mountain men encampment, craft vendors, food, a Chinese Auction, several raffles and games for the kids.

To stay in line with the festival's theme, there will be a pumpkin decorating contest, with decorated pumpkins being auctioned off at the conclusion of the event.

The Pumpkin Festival committee will be serving breakfast in the barn at the park on festival day from 7 to 10 a.m., or until all are served. A full breakfast is available for $5 per person. The Star Spangled Banner, at the beginning of the event, will be played by Rick Pedro on the piano and sung by Taylor Timchack, Tioga Central Senior.

Enjoy a return to the 1800's with the Mountain Men Encampment. This pre-1840's encampment depicts fur traders, eastern long hunters and the mountain men. The long hunters hunted in the summer for white tailed deer in their red coats. Of course, they also took whatever furs they could find. A rendezvous is when all of the trappers would get together to sell their hides, get paid, restock their food supply, gun powder, lead flints, traps, and then head back into the hills to continue hunting. It was a great time for a party.

Also at the event will be free train rides for kids from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Included in entertainment is "Nasty Habits", who will take the stage from 1 to 4:30 p.m. playing classic rock. Members include Frank Catalano, owner of Mountaintop Greenhouses; George Oakes, owner of Rock Oak Lumber; and Dan Smith, owner of Scott Smith & Son.

Come visit with the onsite blacksmith, Merele Eiffert from Gillett, Pa. He can hammer out a wrought iron trinket for you while you watch. Take advantage of the Chinese auction. Tickets will be available for the auction all day at four for $1. Many nice items to choose from. The drawing will take place at the end of the festival. You don't have to be present to win.

For more information, contact organizers by phoning (607) 658-3033 or (607) 972-9577, or call the Tioga Town Hall at 687-2292. You can also visit www.tiogacenterpumpkinfest.com for more information, and for a complete listing of activities.

Submitted article.