Long Lake starts a 'smashing' tradition

LONG LAKE - From the height of a scaffolding airlift, Long Lake residents dropped pumpkins in what they hope will turn into an annual pumpkin drop competition. On Oct. 10 fourteen contestants gathered at the town hall with pumpkins in hand to lift them into the sky, courtesy of Wallace Contracting.

Members of the Long Lake Volunteer Fire Department Cliff Ross and Jordan Wallace were charged with dropping duties. Rigging operator Greg Bruce lifted them forty feet above the ground, where they sent the pumpkins on their fall.

A panel of judges including John Rayome, Rose Lily and Tammy Kitchen voted on the best pumpkin drop. Their criteria included best splatter, best noise and biggest impact.

The kick-off pumpkin was filled with cherry pie filling and set the sage as it hit the pavement below and reminded spectators to find a safe and clean distance.

Clean up crews cleared the area between drops. The finale pumpkin weighed over 120 pounds.

The Pumpkin Drop was part of Long Lake's annual Harvest Festival and Craft Fair, where over twenty vendors from in and around the area sold their American-made crafts and products.

Pumpkins were purchased from Gracie Lamos of Northern Borne store for the drop.

Chandler Seaman was named first place winner of the drop, followed up by second place winner Lillian Dechene.

Upcoming in Long Lake is a Halloween carnival on Saturday, Oct. 31 in the school gym from 1 - 3 pm. Admission is $1 and all are invited to attend. Featured events include costume competitions and a traditional haunted house. Prizes will be awarded for the best costumes.

The carnival is co-sponsored by the Long Lake Central School Student Council and the Town of Long Lake.

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