The first pumpkins to hit strategically placed hay bales at the bottom of the road won their owners gift cards and merchandise from several Main Street businesses. Parents beamed over their ecstatic kids throwing pumpkins as hard as they could down the steep slope of Bank Street towards the SUNY campus.
“Our pumpkin isn’t really pretty,” said a grinning Eliot Gavin, 10, whose hardy little black pumpkin was a top winner. “But it was fast!”
College students flocked to the top of Bank Street to help out and try their hands in the races, especially the brothers of Alpha Chi Rho. Contestants paid a dollar for a pumpkin of their choice, which went to the Geneseo Merchants Association (GMA) to help along their plans to string the light posts of Main Street with seasonal garlands and Christmas lights this winter.
“This year we decided to lend GMA a hand,” said Lauren Hollasch, 20, Main Street manager for the Livingston County Development Corps. “The idea for Christmas lights was raised to the community awhile ago and it got great public support.”
Volunteers at tables next to Key Bank on Main Street painted faces and handed out pumpkins before the big race.
Winners chose from an variety of prizes, including gift cards from Empire Salon, Frugal Fashionista, Joe’s Comics, Envy Salon and Spa, Buzzo’s Music, and Touch of Grayce, as well as t-shirts from Kelly’s Saloon, and a hat from Brows, Brazilians, & Bikinis Inc.
PHOTO CAPTIONS: Top – Kids get in the zone as they toss their pumpkins down Bank Street.
Bottom – Big winners Joseph Gavin (left) and Eliot Gavin (right), with their champion pumpkin.