Romulus Pumpkin Festival

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You can watch them roll, soar through the air, or simply sink your teeth into the pie variety. We're talking, of course, about everyone's favorite autumnal orange veggie – and it's taking over once again during the Romulus Pumpkin Festival, back in town Sept. 19-21, 2014.

This family affair kicks off in earnest on Friday night. Head down to Goddard Road at 8 p.m., when a dazzling parade of lights steps off. Visit the Romulus Senior Center, too, for a rousing round or two of bingo, which happens 6-11 p.m. and benefits the city animal shelter.

The weekend is when all fun breaks loose! Start your Saturday with a pancake breakfast (8 a.m.-noon). There's also the Cruisin' 2014 Car Show on Goddard – and loads of kids' fun at Historical Park, including pumpkin rolling, sack races, sand darts and a treasure hunt (times vary).

Saturday also has "punkin' chuckin'" for cash prizes (3 p.m.) and spaghetti dinners (5-7 p.m.) at the Community United Methodist Church, where kids under 5 eat free.

Plenty more is in store on Sunday. Check out the sixth annual tractor and lawn-tractor show (9 a.m.-6 p.m.), giant airplane races (noon), marshmallow races (12:30 p.m.) and 1:30 p.m. pumpkin pie-eating contest, all at Historical Park. Looking for something fresh? Newer events include a beer tasting for mom and pop (1-5 p.m., $10/person) and "crazy shoe croquet."

All in all, expect lots of delicious eats, games, prizes, musical performances, food and fun at your fingertips. Both weekend days, you'll also find a "white elephant sale" at St. Aloysuis.

This yearly fest, around since 1997, has turned into a popular event with the locals. Come ring in fall with the entire family.

Check out the Metro Parent listing for more information about the 2014 Romulus Pumpkin Festival.

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