Ladies and gentlemen, start your ovens and carve your gourds!

Wykoff Fall Fest Committee member Mary Sackett invited members of the community to fire up their ovens for the annual Fall Fest pumpkin bake-off, slated for Saturday, Sept. 23, at the Phillip Eickhoff building on the east side of Gold Street. 

“It’s anything that has to do with pumpkin,” related Sackett. “Somebody in the area has a rhubarb festival, some have strawberry festivals, and if we’re having Fall Fest, then we’re going to have pumpkins.”

The entries should be brought to the building between 8 and 9 a.m., and they’ll be judged at 9:30 a.m.  People should bring two pieces of whatever they’re baking, and if they’d like, they can share the recipe by bringing recipe cards so that people can copy them, noted Sackett. 

“They can bring anything — cakes, cookies, bars, anything pumpkin.  We’ll have small prizes for the winners,” she said.

The contest replaces another pumpkin tradition that was popular in Wykoff during Fall Fest. There used to be a pumpkin-painting contest for gourd artists of all ages – and the organizers hope that many people choose to participate. 

“We want to have a Fall Fest bake-off because it was well-received last year and there were lots of entries.  We decided to have something that would become our tradition, so we’re choosing pumpkin,” said Sackett.