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Enfield's Annual Jack-O-Lantern Festival Is Saturday

Enfield Jack-O-Lantern Festival organizer expecting a lot of "Star Wars" pumpkins Saturday.

ENFIELD — The Jack-O-Lantern Festival and its pumpkin-carving contest is scheduled for Saturday on the town green.

The festival draws about 4,000 people annually, said organizer Jill Osborn, and upward of 6,000 on "good weather days."

With weather forecasts calling for cold temperatures Saturday, Osborn said she and other organizers are "crossing their fingers" for at least better weather than last year, which featured torrential rain just as the festival started.

The Jack-O-Lantern Festival, with help from school parent-teacher organizations, encourages families to carve a Halloween pumpkin for display. Osborn said she's hoping to see more pumpkins this year. The festival had its most pumpkins in 2013, when it had 1,142.

Osborn said she's anticipating lots of "Star Wars"-themed jack-o'-lanterns this year. Town officials will judge the pumpkins and award 20 to 30 artists with prizes.

In addition to the jack-o'-lantern showcase, the festival will feature two hayrides on North Main Street, DJ John Rozz from Sound Spectrum, and "child appropriate music," as well as lawn games, a wheel of chance, clowns, raffles, and face-painting.

Enfield's Magic Carpet bus service will offer free rides Saturday. The bus service's blue route runs 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and has two stops near the festival — the Angelo Lamagna Center and the corner of Enfield and North Main streets. Go to enfield-ct.gov/magiccarpet for more information.

Entrance fees are $5 for a child with a carved pumpkin, $10 for a child without a carved pumpkin. Admission for adults is free. The Jack-O-Lantern Festival runs from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Enfield town green, 820 Enfield St. For more information, go to www.enfieldjolf.org.

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