October 4-5, 2014


Schedule of Events at Pumpkinfest 2013

The full schedule of events and contests will be posted here as it becomes available:

Zachary Birdsall, Photo by Bethann BirdsallFriday, October 4

4:30 - 7 pm, Pumpkinfest Pancake Supper

United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St (next to Courthouse Park). All you can eat pumpkin or regular pancakes with sausage, homemade applesauce, oj, coffee or tea. $5 per person (Limit $20 per family)



Saturday, October 5


7-11 am, Pumpinkfest Pancake Breakfast

Grace and Holy Spirit Church, Cortland. "All you can eat" Pancake Breakfast. All proceeds to benefit Cortland Loaves and Fishes. $5.00 per person or $15.00 for the family. All Pumpkin Run participants receive $1.00 off. For more information call Kim Hill at 756-6195, e-mail cortlandloavesandfishes@yahoo.com or visit www.gracechurchcortland.com/loaves_fishes.html.


9 am, Pumpkin 5k Run, 5k Walk, 1 mile Fun Run

Cortland YMCAThe Fidelis 6 pack race series seeks to encourage healthier life styles and greater family wellness, and to promote recreational running as a healthy choice. Your participation enables the Cortland YMCA, and its collaborators, the means to support many services and programs that deliver healthier lifestyles to the greater Cortland Community! You can win 100s of dollars of prizes such as running gear! For more information call the Cortland YMCA at (607) 756-2893 or e-mail ymca@cortlandymca.org. Stay after to enjoy crafts, sights and fine foods at the Pumpkinfest. Port-a-johns located in the park at the Pumpkinfest, showers available at the YMCA after the race. Download application now. $18 early registration/$22 race day registration. For 13 & under, $13 early registration/$17 race day registration. Register by September 23 for free t-shirt! Download map.


10 am - 3 pm, Cortland Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

Cortland Fire Department HQ, 21 Court Street. Held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week in October. Our firefighters provide educational opportunities, demonstrations and fun events like the Junior Firefighter Combat Challenge. Activities change each year but the Auxiliary is always there with popcorn and cider for this family-oriented event! FREE family event! For more information call (607) 756-5612, e-mail david.jensen@cortlandfire.org or visit cortlandfire.org.


11 am - 12 noon, Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band

The Mohawk Valley Frasers march all over New York State, for festivals, graduations, Highland games, parades and other events. For more information visit the Mohawk Valley Frasers web site.

Mohawk Valley Frasers Pipe Band


11 am, Pumpkin Decorating Contest

First Niagara BankDecorate your pumpkin (real or hand-made) to resemble your favorite character from books, films or TV. Decorate your pumpkin with your class at school, with your club, with your family, with a friend or on your own.

Enter the contest as a Kindergarten-2nd grader, 3rd/4th grader, 5th/6th grader, or as a group

Win a Prize: First Place - $30, Second Place - $20, Third Place - $10

Judging at 11 am, winners announced at 1 pm.

Download Pumpkin Decorating Registration Form


12:30 - 2 pm, The Unknown Woodsmen

The Unknown WoodsmenThe Unknown Woodsmen are comprised of Phil Muka on guitar and vocals, Pete Dawes on bass, Casey King on guitar and vocals, and Josh Tracy on drums. Intertwining the unique tried and true sound of the Blues, Funk, Jam, and Alternative rock genres, The Unknown Woodsmen have tapped into a style all their own. Their adventurous live shows are filled with high-spirited jams reminiscent of the days when the guitar solo still ruled the world.


1 - 5 pm, Brew Tasting

Tickets for the Brew Tasting are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Food will be available. Relax and enjoy the sounds of live music by Lucey's Hooch!

Advanced tickets can be purchased at Groton Ave. Liquors, Quick Stop Beverage, Mando Books, Dark Horse Tavern, and Hairy Tony's Pub & Fare.


Catskill Puppet Theatre2 - 3 pm, The Catskill Puppet Theatre

Their full sets, colorful scenery and large, beautiful puppets transform even the simplest environment into a fantasy world rich with wonder and excitement!

For more information visit the Catskill Puppet Theatre web site.


3 - 4:30 pm, Monkeywrench Revolt Stringband

Monkey Wrench Revolt BandLocal Americana group Monkeywrench Revolt Stringband features Ted Andrejko on upright bass and vocals, Nate Francisco on mandolin and vocals, and Tom George on guitar and vocals. The trio performs a mix of original and traditional Americana music in the vein of Folk and Bluegrass. Their performances are marked by well-crafted songs, blended harmonies, and a down-home American sound at home in the Finger Lakes region.


Sunday, October 6


12 pm, Largest Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Pumpkins should arrive between 9 am and noon in the Cortland County Convention and Visitors Bureau parking lot behind the antique tractors. Judging will be at 12 noon in four categories: largest pumpkin, best color, best shape and most unique. Awards will be given at 12:30 in 3 different age groups, age 4-11, age 12-18 and age 19+. Top three winners in each age group will receive a ribbon and all participants will receive a ribbon for entering.


Antique Fair - NEW!12 - 5 pm, Antique Fair

The Pumpkinfest Antique Fair will feature local dealers as well as dealers from the surrounding area. Come browse and enjoy all kinds of collectibles and one-of-a-kind items. There is bound to be something that you'll want to take home with you!


12 pm, Autumn Harvest Baked Goods Contest

  • Baked goods entered for judging must be made using fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables available in the fall season only. (Examples: apples, pumpkin, beets, squash).
  • Baked goods and fillings must be prepared and baked by the person submitting the baked goods for judging.
  • Entries must include entry form and a recipe listing all ingredients to be considered for judging.
  • Baked goods must be submitted on a disposable tray, pan, or plate.
  • Baked goods will be accepted between 10:30 am and 11:30 am on Sunday. No early entries please. Judging will begin at 12 noon.
  • After entry, all baked goods become the property of Cornell Cooperative Extension Cortland County, and will not be returned to contestant.

Download Baked Goods Contest Rules and Registration Form


1 - 2:30 pm, Travis Rocco

Travis RoccoTravis Rocco has toured 29 states, from New York to Texas, Florida to Louisiana, performing at over 170 colleges, countless festivals, and clubs. Fresh off the release of his new single, “New York City Eyes”, he is currently touring throughout New York and the Northeast with his original brand of Rock and Pop music.


2 pm, Great Pumpkin Drop

In front of or near the Fire Station on Court St.


3 - 4:30 pm, The Old Timers Band

Old Timers BandThe Cortland Old Timers Band is in its 44th year of concert performances in Central New York. Organized in 1967 by John Discenza and Phil Natoli, the band continues to attract both young and seasoned musicians from the Cortland area, an area that abounds with musical talent and generations of community-band heritage.

The Old Timers Band traces its heritage back over 150 years, when military and industrial bands were popular in the Cortland area, with its predecessor taking shape in 1911 as the Mascagni Italian Band, organized by Frank Crisara. Then, performing for several years at the St Anthony’s Band (1925-34) and the Cortland Civic Band (1936-54), the musicians found a special appeal in the Italian community and its La Festa celebrations.

Today, the band boasts over 60 volunteer members, ranging in age from 16 to 87, who strive to enrich the Cortland community, and future generations, with their passion for big-band performances. Their concert selections include traditional marches, overtures, patriotic songs, popular Broadway hits and folk music.