Prospect hosting fall festival

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PROSPECT — The town’s annual autumnal festival returns this weekend with pumpkins, hay bales and a parade.

The 11th annual Prospect Pumpkin Festival is Saturday in the Green from 4 to 8 p.m. Entrance to the fair is free.

The festival will feature a pumpkin decorating contest, with the pumpkins displayed on bleachers around the edge of the Green.

Students at Algonquin Elementary School and Long River Middle School received pumpkins to decorate earlier this month and those will be judged by grade, Mayor Robert Chatfield said. Adults who wish to have their pumpkins in the contest can drop them off on Saturday.

The festival will also feature a hay bale rolling contest, in which teams of four can compete to see who can cross the finish line first. There will also be two hayrides: one regular and one haunted.

Music will be provided by members of the Bristol Old Tyme Fiddlers Club.
In addition to the activities taking place on the Green the festival will also feature a parade, which will travel down Route 69.

The parade will include decorated vehicles and children in costumes, Chatfield said.
Those who wish to take part in the vehicle portion of the parade need to be on Chandler Drive next to Ion Bank before 5 p.m., when the parade steps off.

Children who wish to take part in the parade need to be in front of Town Hall by 5:15 p.m.

The vehicles will head up Route 69 towards the Green. When they reach Town Hall they will be joined by the children and St. Peter’s Drum Corps from Torrington, The Mattatuck Drum Band from Waterbury, The Police Pipes and Drums of Waterbury and the Windsor Junior Ancient Fife and Drum Corps.

The parade will continue across Route 68 and onto the Green.

Chatfield said anyone who plans to throw candy to spectators during the parade has to be out of their vehicle. Candy is not allowed to be thrown from inside the vehicle or from the bed of a truck.

The parade is open to anyone who wishes to participate.

“If you’re from Naugatuck and want to be in parade and have a pickup truck that is decorated with pumpkins or cornstalks or whatever, just be on Chandler drive by 5 p.m.,” Chatfield said.

In addition to all the events going on the festival also includes vendor tables and food.

Chatfield said festival goers will be able to find items such as jewelry and candles at the event. In addition, local organizations and businesses will all have tables on the Green. The Knights of Columbus will be serving their traditional hotdogs and hamburgers, he said.

“It’s our fall social before the white stuff comes,” Chatfield said. “It’s a good time. The weather is looking like it’s going to be good. You may have to dress warm, but it is the fall.”