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Lake Park Pumpkin Fest is Sept. 22-24

The festivities get underway Thursday night, Sept. 22, with the Lil’ Miss Pumpkin Fest Pageant at 7 p.m. in the Lake Park-Audubon High School Theatre.

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The Lake Park Pumpkin Fest will be held Sept. 22-24.
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LAKE PARK — The community of Lake Park is getting ready to celebrate its annual Pumpkin Fest fall celebration this weekend, Sept. 22-24.

The festivities get underway Thursday night, Sept. 22, with the Lil’ Miss Pumpkin Fest Pageant at 7 p.m. in the Lake Park-Audubon High School Theatre.

Then on Friday evening, Sept. 23, registration for the pumpkin and scarecrow contest gets underway in the Lake Park City Center, 5-7 p.m., with judging for the yard decorating contest taking place immediately after, at 7 p.m. Prizes are $50 for first place, $30 for second place and $20 for third. The LP-A Homecoming football game also gets underway at the high school football field at 7 p.m.

The rest of the fun takes place on Saturday, Sept. 24, starting with a Harvest Breakfast in the City Park hosted by the Lake Park American Legion, serving from 7-10 a.m. Over at the Fire Hall, the Lake Park Garden Club will host a vegetable, plant and craft sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and entries in this year's Pumpkin Contest will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a craft and vendor show at the high school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., and the Largest Pumpkin Contest also gets underway at 9 a.m., with weigh-ins taking place at the area between the Lake Park Insurance and Cuba Insurance buildings until 1 p.m.

Also at 9 a.m., there will be a 5K Pumpkin Trail Run/Walk and Youth Fun Run, meeting in front of the Fire Hall, and a Classic Car Show takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., followed by door prize drawings for the participants. Youth games will also take place at the "Pumpkin Playground" in the city park from 9 a.m. to noon.

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The Lake Park Historical Museum will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., with pie and ice cream being served until supplies are gone. There will be a tent sale at Tools-n-More starting at 10 a.m., and a Pumpkin Bowl at the high school starting at 10:10 a.m.

The Fire Hall will host a Pumpkin Brunch Bake-Off from 9 to 10:30 a.m., with sampling and voting by festival attendees. Participation in the sampling and voting is by free will donation. There will be a tractor display on Main Street, near the water treatment plant, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and face painting by The Painted Turtle at the Gazebo starting at 9:30 a.m. as well.

A dunk tank and 100-second hang competition will be held between the Lake Park and Cuba Insurance buildings starting at 10 a.m., and a lefse-making demonstration and sale hosted by Lake Park Lutheran Church at the Fire Hall from 10 a.m. until supplies are gone. Outside the Fire Hall, there will be a Helmets for Kids bike helmet giveaway from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Other activities getting underway at 10 a.m. will be an open house at the One Room Schoolhouse, lasting until noon; a Corn Maze east of the American Legion until 2 p.m., with wagon rides between the Corn Maze and the Fire Hall going continuously until it ends. At the same time, there will be Barrel Train Rides happening at the city park.

Over at the City Park, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be a "Ninja Anywhere" obstacle course and barbecues served by the American Legion, which will also host a beer garden at the park until 4 p.m. The Garden Club will host a Harvest Pie Walk at the Fire Hall starting at 11 a.m., while the Lake Park Fire Department will host a Junior Firemen's Obstacle Course at the City Park until 1 p.m. There will also be a pumpkin cleaning and carving contest at the Fire Bay starting at 12:30 p.m.

A Kiddie Parade gets underway at 2:15 p.m. in front of the Gazebo (lineup starts at 2 p.m.), with the Pumpkin Fest Grand Parade starting at 2:30 p.m.

After the parade, the Lake Park Fire Department will be serving up brats at the Fire Hall until 5 p.m., and the LP-A National Honor Society will be hosting a live auction starting at 4 p.m.

That evening at the Lake Park Liquor Store, there will be a "Pitchers, Puzzles and Pizza" competition starting at 5:30 p.m., with four-person teams competing for prizes given to the top three teams that complete the puzzle. This competition is for ages 21 and up. There will also be a DJ spinning tunes at the liquor store from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

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For more information, visit the Lake Park Pumpkin Fest Facebook page .

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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