The Milford Pumpkin Festival- 27 Years of Great Family Fun!
Each Fall, Milford’s Great Pumpkin Festival draws tens of thousands of visitors to the town’s downtown. During this event, visitors experience Milford at its finest. Participants engage in a wide range of fun activities designed for all ages, but they also witness the community spirit of local volunteers, the support from local businesses, and the important role the downtown area plays in our community.
Purpose of the Event
Special events like the Great Pumpkin Festival provide great visibility for the Town of Milford and help foster civic pride and a positive image of the community as a whole.
The festival is targeted as a “traffic-building event,” focused on providing a multitude of fun, family activities and venues. The Festival brings the community together and allows nearly 40 Milford area non-profit and civic groups to participate and raise funds to support their own support their own endeavors.
Over the years, the award-winning Milford Pumpkin Festival has become one of the most highly anticipated Fall festivals in New England. Attendance in 2016 was estimated to be upwards of 45,000 over the three days of the event. Attendees came from the Souhegan Valley, Monadnock Region, Nashua, and Manchester areas, also greater Boston and New England.
Festival Details – 27 years, and still growing!
Traditionally, this 3-day Festival takes place on Columbus Day Weekend and occurs in Downtown Milford on the Oval, the Community House Lawn, Emerson Park and South and Middle Streets, Milford Town Hall and the Amato Family Performing Art Center on Mont Vernon Street.
Signature Festival events include: the Great Pumpkin Weigh-in, Pumpkin Painting, Pumpkin Sales, The Pumpkin Catapult, an Arts & Crafts Show, Scarecrow Making, Great Food, The Haunted Trail, Face Painting, two stages of LIVE Music and Entertainment all weekend, Food Vendors galore, the Talent Show, a Zombie Walk and more! The Beer and Wine Tasting Tent takes place on Friday night showcasing local wineries and brewers. In our 25th year, we added bounce houses, Carnival rides by Fanelli Amusements, and a scholarship contest. Not to be missed: the spectacular Fireworks Show Friday night!
Overview of Fundraising Benefactors
The Milford Pumpkin Festival is organized on the Town’s behalf by the Milford Improvement Team (MIT). All the organization, publicity, public contact, and publications are handled through the MIT office.
All monies raised by the Milford Improvement Team during the Milford Pumpkin Festival are re-invested directly back into the community, allowing us to support the activities, events and programs implemented by the organization that promote, revitalize and enhance the historic, social, natural and economic vitality of the Town of Milford.
Moreover, the Pumpkin Festival provides the opportunity for forty+ other community groups and non-profit organizations to run events during the weekend in order to raise funds for their programs. For most, the Pumpkin Festival serves annually as their single largest source of revenue. These monies are reinvested back into our community in the form of band uniforms for the high school, ambulance & fire equipment, athletic programs for our youth, and numerous other programs. In years past, groups associated with area schools, scholarship programs, church groups, support services, the local library, and businesses have all joined MIT in helping to make the Great Pumpkin Festival a successful event. Over 200 volunteers participate in the three-day event with many of them contributing time throughout the year to prepare for events.
Details of the Festival
The Milford Pumpkin Festival is spread out over the entire historic Milford downtown area! Signature events include: a spectacular Fireworks show Friday night; 2 stages with LIVE BANDS all weekend; some of the best Food and Craft vendors from all over New England; Pumpkin Catapult; Face painting; Pumpkin painting; Scarecrow building, ‘largest’ pumpkin weigh-in contest; Beer and Wine Tasting Tent Friday Night; carnival rides; bouncy houses; climbing wall; a Haunted Trail; the Zombie Walk; Talent Show; historical tours– and much more! Plenty of free parking at Milford High School, with free shuttle buses!