Children and adults are invited to come in costume to The Great Pumpkin Fest on Saturday, Oct. 29, from 1-4 p.m., in the Union Grove Union High School gym.

Entertainment inside the gym will be provided by Mama Baer, the Storyteller in a performance at 2 p.m., sponsored by the Union Grove Lions Club.

There will be many free family activities, including old-fashioned children’s games with small prizes.  Free refreshments of popcorn and apple cider will be served (while supplies last). There will be fall vendors with crafts and a variety of basket raffles.

Entries should be in place by 1:15 p.m., for all Halloween competitions. All ages are encouraged to bring either a carved or painted (decorated) pumpkin. The Jack O’ Lantern creations will be judged in several age categories, including teens and adults.

The second competition with entries due at 1:15 p.m., is the Pumpkin Baking Contest. The only requirement is that pumpkin be a key ingredient. Contestants may bring an old family favorite to the contest or look in a cookbook and try a new taste treat. Judges will consider eye appeal, texture and taste.

The costume parade will run differently this year. The 0-4 year-olds will be judged at 1 p.m. The 5-7 year-olds will be judged at 1:30 p.m. The 8-12 year-olds will be judged after the storytelling at 2:45 p.m., and the 13 and older group will be judged at 3:15 p.m.

The parade will be around the perimeter of the gym and all children participating will receive a treat bag. There will be announcements of the first prize winners.

The Pet Photo Contest has become quite popular. Dress up your pet in costume and take a photo. Bring it in before 1:15 p.m., so it can be judged.

This eighth annual event is sponsored by the Greater Union Grove Area Chamber of Commerce. The business sponsors are committed to providing family-oriented events which highlight the wonderful quality of life which we enjoy in this area.

Call the Chamber of Commerce office at 878-4606 for more information.