GENESEO – Autumnfest is fast approaching and features several new ways to get your fall on, including a pumpkin decorating contest, Great Pumpkin Stroll and raffle, and live wood carving of a sculpture in the likeness Emmeline the bear, who perches on top of the Main Street fountain.
Autumnfest will run on Saturday, Sept. 26. from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Over 20 Main Street businesses will display decorated pumpkins for the contest, Wingfest will offer chicken wings from eight local restaurants, pumpkins will race down Bank Street for the Pumpkin Roll, and folks can seek out hidden pumpkins in the Great Pumpkin Stroll to be entered in a raffle for gift cards and prizes from Main Street businesses.
“There are many new things happening at Autumnfest this year that we are looking forward to,” said Caroline Wilson with Livingston County Development. “There will be a live wood sculpture carving of a life-sized Emmeline the Bear, a photo booth partially sponsored by the Barn of Terror, hayrides up and down Main Street, and a ‘Great Pumpkin Stroll,’ as well as a pumpkin decorating contest.”
Wingfest, sponsored by APOG, will be on Center Street from noon to 3 p.m. Livingston Lanes, the Village Tavern, the Nines, Mount Morris Lanes, The Genesee River Hotel, Duffy’s, Avondale Pub, and SUNY Geneseo’s Campus Auxiliary Services will compete for the title of ‘Best Wing in the Valley.’ There will be live music and student performances throughout the day, as well as a chicken-wing eating contest and take-out wings for sale. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
The Great Pumpkin Roll will once again send pumpkins flying down Bank Street from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., and food vendors like Cheesed and Confused and Twisters will offer snacks.
For the Pumpkin Stroll, contestants will be given a card for collecting stamps at the specific locations of each pumpkin. Those who collected stamps from at least half of the participating business will be entered into a raffle to win an assortment of gift cards, and prizes donated by Main Street businesses.
A wood sculptor will be in front of the Village Building carving a human-sized likeness of Emmeline the Bear, and the finished bear will be used in an upcoming plan to feature ‘Businesses of the Month’ on Main Street.