October 10, 2009, Long Lake NY
Fans of the Great Pumpkin gathered on Saturday, October 10th at the Long Lake Town Hall to participate in the first Long Lake Pumpkin Drop. Fourteen contestants participated.
Pumpkins were airlifted into the sky thanks to a special scaffolding machine on loan from Wallace Contracting. Cliff Ross and Jordan Wallace of the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department were hoisted safely forty feet into the air with fourteen pumpkins by rigging operator Greg Bruce. A panel of judges including: John Rayome, Rose Lily and Tammy Kitchen voted on the best pumpkin drop using a variety of criteria including: best splatter, best noise and biggest impact.
The kick-off pumpkin set the bar for the event as it landed on the pavement and splattered cherry pie filling. Luckily all spectators with a good distance away from the landing zone and no one got wet. Clean up crews cleared the area between drops so each pumpkin would have maximum impact and create a standardized, fair competition.
The Pumpkin Drop took place during the Long Lake Annual Harvest Festival and Craft Fair sponsored by the Town of Long Lake. Over twenty vendors from in and around the area sold their American made crafts and products. Pumpkins were purchased from Gracie Lamos of Northern Borne store.
The first place winner was Chandler Seaman, followed up by second place winner Lillian Dechene. The finale pumpkin weighed over 120 pounds and made an impressive showing.
Next for Long Lake will be the Halloween Carnival on Saturday, October, 31st at the Long Lake Central School Gym from 1pm – 3pm, admission $1.00. Everyone is invited to attend. The carnival is co- sponsored by the Long Lake Central School Student Council and the Town of Long Lake. Look for games, kids to adults costume competition and a traditional Haunted House. Prizes will be awarded in a variety of category for best costumes. Admission is $1.00.