Jessica Hicks and Eli Martin

For just $1.99, attendees were able to participate in a pumpkin carving contest, enjoy various food and drinks and show off their costumes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  Children who wore a costume were admitted for free.

Ashley Durkin is the Salem Parks & Recreation Special Events Supervisor. This is her second year lending a helping hand to the Pumpkinfest organizers.

Left to right, clockwise, Chris Parrish, Gage Rogers, Isla Parrish and Calene Rogers.

“I love how this event involves Main Street businesses with the trick-or-treating. Children usually have an opportunity to get candy from downtown merchants from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.,” Durkin said. “Q99 and Kroger along with the Salem Parks & Recreation sponsored this year’s event, which we are very thankful for.”

When Lisa Beal arrived at the Salem Farmers Market with her family at noon, the first thing her three kids asked for was some popcorn. Within 45 minutes, she told them they were not getting any more junk food.

“I told them they could order whatever they wanted, but at a certain point it got a little ridiculous,” said Beal with a smile. “My kids all dressed up…

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