Support The Institute by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins!
Our second annual Pumpkins and Pippins fall festival will be held at Pine Hill Recreation Area, Waynesboro.
12684 Mentzer Gap Rd. Waynesboro, PA
Rain location is the Waynesboro Area Middle School.
A fundraiser for The Institute, the festival includes a full slate of activities and fun for all ages, including a ‘kid zone’ with yard games, a StoryWalk® hike & activity, a photo stand and more.
Pony rides for kids from Serendipity Horse Meadows Farm provide a fun, memorable experience during the festival.
In addition, craft vendors offer a variety of wares.
“We also have a pie walk, a pumpkin patch, and a decorated pumpkin contest,” said Jessica Watson, the Institute’s assistant director and event organizer. “We invite everyone to support The Institute by bringing your family to a fall celebration of Pumpkins & Pippins.”
A star attraction is the ever-popular trebuchet pumpkin launcher, which will run throughout the day sending pumpkins flying through the sky.
Trebuchets are giant catapult devices that originated in medieval times.
“The Institute’s trebuchet was built by volunteers who researched the devices thoroughly to create an authentic working model,” Watson said. “Our trebuchet hurls pumpkins, and it’s great fun to watch how far they fly.”
A variety of food trucks and delicious food fare will be available, as well as products from Cold Spring Hollow Distillery, Rough Edges Brewing Co., and entertainment from Speaks DJ. Peckin’ Thyme Farms will be bringing their petting zoo as well, pony rides, plus additional children’s activities (cake wheel, ring toss, and more).
Stay tuned to this event page for the full list of vendors, but as of now we will have smoked and BBQ foods, Asian cuisine, authentic jerk products, hot dogs and sausages, burgers, butterfly potatoes, country ham sandwiches, funnel cakes, French fries, kettle corn, wood fired pizza, ice cream and more!
Vendors: Almost Heaven Concessions, Asia Fusion Elite, Dougies BBQ, C&G Authentic Jerk, CC Funnel Cakes, Charlie Hot Dog Cart & Moo Ice Cream, Edward’s Kettle Corn, One North Coffee & Bake Shop, Peculiar Pizza, Others TBA.
We hope you will come out and help support our local food pantry; remember, they are always accepting non-perishable food donations and monetary support, so feel free to bring any donations to the event.
The United Way of Franklin County will also be on site for the “Stuff the Bus” event, so remember to bring school supply donations as well (donated items stay within the Tuscarora School District).
Fun outside day for kids to include hikes, story walk, hands-on activities and partnered stations.
Happening at Pine Hill Recreation Area in Waynesboro, PA
This fun event features a variety of workshops, demonstrations, activities, exhibits, and entertainment throughout the day.
Specialty play shops tie in the theme with all sorts of fun activities.
Professional guest performers are always exciting, entertaining and fun!
Youth Fest is the best-kept FUN SECRET in Waynesboro! Free admission. [Rain site TBA]
A Full Day of FREE Fun & Activities! • Waynesboro Ceramic Arts Center Activity • Early Learning Center of WASD • Eyler’s Pelts & Critters • Alexander Hamilton Memorial Library • Blue Ridge Summit Library • Waynesboro YMCA • StoryWalk® and Craft, led by The Institute
Featured Performer, 2 to 3 PM: Ridiculous Nicholas Circus!
A professional performer for seven years, Ridiculous Nicholas (Nick Polini), was a self-described “goofball” as a child, and always craved the spotlight. He started performing for others while still in grade school.
Polini excelled in the unusual sport of “footbag,” traveling to global competitions and honing his athleticism.
While earning a degree in biology, Polini also spent his college years studying the arts of juggling, magic, and stand-up comedy.
“There is nothing I love more than making people smile and laugh,” he said.
As Ridiculous Nicholas, he presents a fun, family-friendly one-man circus show using his talents and athletic ability in juggling, the unicycle, mime, contortions, magic and more.