CNY Great Pumpkin Festival Oct. 5 and 6 in Oswego

The 22nd annual CNY Great Pumpkin Festival comes back to Oswego’s Washington Square Park from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 5 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6.

This year’s event features entertainment with live bands both days.

On Saturday, registration for the pumpkin weigh-in begins at 9 a.m. and the weighing of the pumpkins begins at 10 a.m.

Last year’s festival had a world-record squash of 1,200 pounds.

“Jeremy Robinson of North Tonawanda grew the squash that weighed in at 1,222.5 pounds,” said Chamber President Beth Hilton. “That’s the heaviest squash of 2012 and the fifth heaviest of all-time. The heaviest squash on-record was one from 2011 pumpkin festival in Ontario, Canada that weighed 1,486 pounds.”

The weigh-in prize winners will be announced at 3:30 p.m. as growers from throughout central New York, Pennsylvania and Canada wait for the grand prize of $2,000.

Starting at 11 a.m., Chris Battles takes the Oswego County Federal Credit Union stage followed by Jimmy D and the Jury. Saturday’s last musical act is the Lisa Lee Band.

On Sunday, The Do Good Swing Band will be performing their authentic swing band style from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Fritz’s Polka Band takes the stage at 2 p.m..

In addition to the live entertainment, there will be bouncy houses, kiddie games, rides and a corn maze. Delicious food and handmade crafts will also be at the festival.  Admission is free, courtesy of the following sponsors: Oswego County Federal Credit Union, Pathfinder Bank, and the City of Oswego.

The event is presented by the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.

More information is available online at; at the Chamber office 44. E. Bridge St., Oswego; or by contacting chamber events manager Lisa Gray, at 343-7681 or


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