Sunday’s Pumpkin Stroll times shifted earlier: Dropoff 2-4, stroll by 4-6 (Food pantry donations encouraged)

by beth on October 7, 2019

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Above: The Rotary is inviting the public to enjoy the pumpkin stroll a bit earlier than usual this year since we aren’t forecast to get the deep freeze needed to kill off the EEE threat. (images cropped from photos taken by Rotary during last year’s dropoff time)

This Sunday is the annual Pumpkin Stroll put on by the Southborough Rotary Club.

The Rotary has been hosting the pre-Heritage Day jack o’ lantern display for more than 20 years. In most years, the public drops off carved gourds in the afternoon and comes back to stroll by the lit display after dark. This year, due to the EEE threat, the times are shifted to start and end earlier.

On October 13th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm, bring your jack o’ lanterns to the Common Street (by the Library). Find a place to display your pumpkins on the stone wall that lines Common Street and wraps around the Old Burial Ground onto St. Mark’s Street.

While you are dropping off the pumpkins, Rotary hopes you’ll consider dropping off something extra for the Food Pantry:

Rotary's Pumpkin Stroll flyer

(click to enlarge)

Our goal is to collect 100 boxes of crackers and 100 bottles of condiments in 1 night! Please consider bringing an item to the Pumpkin Stroll! Look for the Rotary Table & donation drop off box. Preventing disease is one of Rotary’s 6 Areas of Focus; fighting hunger helps support that effort.

Even if you aren’t contributing to the display, you can bring a contribution to the food drive when you come by later for the stroll.

From 4:00 – 6:00 pm, the public is invited to stroll by the walls to see creative, humorous, ghoulish, and even beautiful carvings. There is always a great variety. (Click the following links to check out pics from the 2018 and 2017 displays.)

Despite the earlier showing time, pumpkins will be lit. Sunset will be at 6:07 pm that evening, so it may get a bit dusky during the last half of the event. (If you’re looking to avoid that, step off closer to the start of the event since the viewing crowd can get large.)

Updated (108/19 10:26 am): I fixed the event date.

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