A child bobs for pumpkins at the Plattsburgh YMCA pool during their 2012 event.
Looking for an alternative to the average pumpkin patch picking? Try taking the plunge and out swimming other youth for the best pumpkin at the Bobbing for Pumpkins event at the Plattsburgh YMCA.
Bobbing for Pumpkins will be held at the YMCA pool, 17 Oak Street, Oct. 27 and “bob” times will vary for age groups. Kids age 3 to 5 will take the plunge between 12:30 and 1 p.m., kids age 6 to 8 will take the plunge between 2 and 2:30 p.m., and kids age 9 to 14 will take the plunge between 2:45 and 3:15 p.m.
“Kids won’t just be allowed to dive in and choose their pumpkin, they can stay in the water and swim for up to a half hour and their parents can go in with them if they want to,” said Lindsay Marsh, marketing and membership director at the YMCA. “Last year all the big pumpkins were bobbing around and the kids really got a kick out of it, we really enjoy putting this on for the community.”
After the kids get their pumpkin and dry off they can go to the gymnasium to decorate them.
“We’re going to have glitter and all sorts of stuff for them to decorate the pumpkins with,” Marsh said. “When their done the gym will be open for kids to play and we’ll have music going to make it a real fun time.”
There will also be healthy snacks available including popcorn and drinks will also be available.
Last year, Marsh said the event was a success with more than 75 kids and their families turning out.
“We were running out of pumpkins so we had to send out staff to get more,” Marsh said. “This year we’re planning for 50 kids but if more show up we have plenty of people here and ready to make pumpkin runs to make sure everyone gets a pumpkin.”
Last year a large majority of the pumpkins came from a local orchard. This year, Marsh said they are hoping to find someone willing to donate pumpkins needed for the event.
“We will definitely have a pumpkin for everyone but if we could find someone willing to donate pumpkins it would be an incredible cost saver,” Marsh said.
Marsh said the event is an incredible alternative to going to the store to pick out a pumpkin and it is another alternative to bringing kids trick or treating for families who choose not to.
To help ensure there are enough pumpkins for everyone pre-registration is encouraged but not required.
Admission to the event will be $8 for YMCA members, $10 for non-members or $15 for families with more than one child.
For more information about the event, to preregister, or to inquire about donating pumpkins stop by or call the Plattsburgh YMCA at 561-4290 or go to their website at www.plattsburghymca.com.