ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) — If you don’t already know what to do with a pumpkin in the fall in Enterprise, come to the Enterprise Farmers Market Saturday, Oct. 14, and paint ‘em, see how to carve ‘em and learn how to cook ‘em.
The pumpkin, the favorite fruit of fall, will be the center of attention in a variety of fun-filled activities on the Third Annual Pumpkin Day at the Farmers Market. Kids and adults alike will find plenty to do at the event, which starts at 7 a.m. when the produce and arts and crafts vendors open up. Seasonal produce such as turnips and collards are expected to be in supply, as well as fresh meat such as lamb and pork. Several crafters will also be on hand to sell their unique wares, including handmade baskets, embroidered items, painted pottery and decorative honey-based soaps.
Several vendors will also have delicious baked goods available.
“Pumpkin Day has become one of the highlights of the year at the Farmers Market,” said Mayor William E. (Bill) Cooper. “The children really enjoy painting pumpkins and the rest of us love to watch them, and maybe even help them out. We also enjoy shopping with our great vendors whose talent and effort make this market a popular destination.”
Farmers and crafters will be set up at 7 a.m. to open the market. At 9 a.m., kids can begin painting pumpkins, which are free while the supply lasts.
Paints and other decorating materials will be provided while supplies last. For those who would like to enter their pumpkins in the contest, the entries will be judged just after 11:30 a.m. and prizes provided by McDonald’s, the contest sponsor, will be awarded at 11:45 p.m. in three age categories – 6 and under, 7-12, and 13 and above. First-place winners last year were Emma Godwin, Christopher Jones and Madison Anderson.
Cooper invited everyone to attend and participate in the painting contest and the second Enterprise Championship Pumpkin Carving Contest, sponsored by All About Art.
Owner Jessica Goodson invites adults and teens to participate in the contest by carving pumpkins at home and bringing them to the market by 10:30 a.m. Designs can be jack-o-lantern style or some other creative depiction. The contest is for carvers age 16 and above.
First, second and third-place winners will be awarded at 11:30 a.m.
Brad Rakes was the first-place winner last year, along with Emma Detora.
At 10 a.m., Bridget Brannon, Regional Agent with Food Safety and Quality, Auburn University Cooperative Extension Service, will be cooking two recipes containing pumpkin. She will share some information and tips on pumpkins as she cooks
A new feature this year is a community art piece. Everyone who comes to the market will be asked to color or paint a small space on the pumpkin. Event organizers say if it turns out well, it will be displayed in Enterprise City Hall for a time.
“It’s going to be a great day at the Farmers Market,” Cooper said. “Come and have a good time with us and celebrate Fall in South Alabama.”