By Stephen E. Lipken
The Pelham Children’s Center (PCC) Pumpkin Festival was held on Saturday, October 14, sponsored by Pelham Civic Association; DeCicco and Sons; Meridian Risk Management; Rockwell’s; Joan Solimine Real Estate; Altobelli Farms; Kinetic Sports Club and McClellan Sotheby’s International Realty.
Festivities began with an estimated total of 210 runners, according to Sydney Thayer, former PCC Board President. The results of the 5K Race were: Paul Jones, Top Adult Male/Overall Best Time (16:55); Ben Levine, Top Male 15 and Under; Lauren Rogener, Top Adult Female; Isabella Fauber, Top Female 15 and Under; Sam Kietlinski, 8 years old, Youngest Finisher.
Results for the Kids ½ Mile Race: Gabi Laurentani, 12 months to 7 years - Female Finisher; Will Douglas, 12 months to 7 Years - Male Finisher; Liam Hess 6 and Under Years - Male Finisher; Madeline Fleming, 6 and Under Years - Female Finisher.
Later, over 600 enthusiastic citizens filled Fifth Avenue as well as the Gazebo, Daronco Town House and parking lot behind Michael Schwerner Way which featured two bounce castles. Dozens of pumpkins of all sizes were displayed for sale along with raffle tickets to raise money for the PCC.
In addition, there was face painting, Halloween - themed crafts, and abundant treats for sale. Avid readers were offered bright orange bags to fill with as many books as they could carry for $20.
“Today was quite a wonderful event,” PCC Board President Tracy Shekane observed. “We hope that everyone had a good time. This is our 36th year, offering this event to the Town of Pelham and Pelham Manor. “We hope that we can continue this for the next few years.”