The community of Union is again welcoming the season at its annual “PumpkinFest,” a month-long fall harvest celebration. Visitors come from far and wide to join in the activities, with a featured event designed specifically to celebrate the pumpkin – the Annual Catapult Contest — on Saturday, October 24, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The coming together of families, community and the bounty of the harvest all begins at Hunter Farms in Union. From 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. every day throughout October, the public is invited to visit the pumpkin patch, get lost in a corn or hay maze, take an old-fashioned hayride, and visit the petting zoo.
In addition, special activities are being offered by local merchants throughout the area, from free wine tasting every weekend at the Cameo Boutique and Wine Shop and specials at the Robin Hood Restaurant & Pub and Robin Hood Village Resort and Alderbrook Resort & Spa.
On October 24, thousands are expected to attend the Catapult Contest at Hunter Farms. Independent teams and local high school teams will compete, including North Mason High School, Belfair; West Sound Technical Skills Center, Bremerton; and Rainier High School, Olympia. They work for months on wood-crafted pumpkin catapults and trebuchets for the competition of builder skill, accuracy, and showmanship. The catapult contest starts at noon at the Hunter Farms pumpkin patch, rain or shine.
This event is co-sponsored by the North Mason Chamber and the Union Tourism Association. For information, contact Nancy Johnson, Union Tourism Association, 206-604-5871 or Stephanie Rowland, North Mason Chamber, 360-275-4267. www.visitunion.com