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Thousands flock to Pumpkin Fest, enjoy variety of activities at Middletown Home

By Phyllis Zimmerman, Special to the Press & Journal
Posted 9/18/19

Thousands flocked to the Middletown Home on Sunday for Pumpkin Fest 2019, the facility’s sixth annual fundraiser for residents’ benevolent care.

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Thousands flock to Pumpkin Fest, enjoy variety of activities at Middletown Home

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Thousands flocked to the Middletown Home on Sunday for Pumpkin Fest 2019, the facility’s sixth annual fundraiser for residents’ benevolent care.

Middletown Home marketing director Andrea Henney said early Sunday that she expected attendance at this year’s event would exceed last year’s crowd of 10,000.

“It’s a beautiful day and for the first year, we’re holding a car raffle with a chance to win a 2019 Subaru Crosstek from Faulkner Subaru for $20,” Henney said. “We’re on fire selling raffle tickets. We started selling them in July.”

Also, this year’s Pumpkin Fest offered a total of 120 artisan vendors, a 50-percent increase from 2018. A 300-foot water slide was offered for the first time. Set-up for the overall event took about a week to complete through an “army of volunteers” comprising family members, church volunteers, youth groups, and Penn State Harrisburg volunteers.

“Every year, it gets bigger and better. Only about 1,000 people showed up for the first Pumpkin Fest six years ago,” Henney said.

There were also bands, a “Pumpkin Chunkin’ Contest,” caricatures by Neillustrations, face painting, barrel train and hayrides, build-your-own scarecrows, and pumpkin painting.

All funds raised at Pumpkin Fest go toward benevolent care for Middletown Home residents who have exhausted their own resources for care. No one is asked to leave. Henney said the facility’s purpose is “to provide top-notch care to all of our residents.”

The Middletown Home, located off state Route 230 in Lower Swatara Township, offers residents 17 independent living apartments, 51 personal care rooms, 25 short-term rehab beds, and 77 long-term, or skilled nursing beds.