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Library prepares for eighth annual Appleumpkin Fall Festival


The Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library will celebrate pumpkins, apples and all things autumn during its largest children’s event of the year.

The eighth annual Appleumpkin Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. today will include pumpkin painting and fall-related crafts to help families celebrate the season free.

“It’s a gorgeous season, and it gets the family out before it starts to snow,” said children’s librarian Ashley J. Groff. “It also gets them into the building and gets them to see the space.”

She said the event has been successful in the past. Last year, 450 attended the festival.

“Everyone left excited and happy,” Miss Groff said. “People were constantly telling me they had a great time and they had a lot of fun.”

In addition to the host of crafts available for children’s entertainment, local author Holly E. Gaskin will have a booth to promote her Watertown-based book “Tricked,” which is appropriately Halloween-themed.

The book is about two Fort Drum siblings who are allowed to go trick-or-treating by themselves for the first time. Friends pressure them to visit a haunted house. Eventually, they realize their lives are in danger and they are nowhere near their mother’s protection.

Mrs. Gaskin recommends the book for ages 8 through 14.

“It takes place in Watertown, so they’ll see familiar streets,” she said.

In expectation of another successful year, the library purchased 200 mini-pumpkins from Ontario Orchards in Oswego. Miss Groff and several other library staff members washed all of them Friday afternoon to prepare them for painting.

The library is also using the help of about 20 volunteers in anticipation of the hundreds of children who will be in the building for three hours today.

“With the exception of the of the book sale, this is the biggest event,” Miss Groff said. “It’s the biggest single-day children’s event.”

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