The event will begin Friday evening with the traditional Rotary Club Festival of Lights where everything is aglow, from bicycles to cement trucks. Thousands of people line Goddard Road to wait for the vehicles to pass by during the event. Information about the parade rules and entry requirements is available on the Romulus Rotary Facebook page or email Romulus.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The traditional festival tasting and digital photo contests are under way. All entries for the various competitions are due no later than tomorrow. Digital photo entries can be submitted to the Facebook page @RomulusPumpkinFestival or emailed to email@example.com
The public will be given a chance to pick their favorite entries on Facebook and winners for all contests will be announced on Facebook and contacted individually. Organizers said entries must include the name, email, and phone number of the individual entering the contest.
Bingo games sponsored by the Romulus Chamber of Commerce will take place from 4 until 22 p.m on Friday, from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday. There will be cash prizes all three days.
The Romulus Professional Fire Fighters IAFF Local 4126 will serve pancakes from 8 until 11:30 a.m. at the park on Saturday. Breakfasts of pancakes, sausage, coffee and juice will be prepared and served by members of the Romulus Fire Department.
The cost for the meal is $5 for adult and $4 for seniors. Children 4 and younger eat at no cost with the purchase of an adult breakfast. More information is available from Capt. John Thiede at (734)740-1194.
Also on Saturday is the popular Romulus Downtown Development Authority Pumpkin Festival Punkin Chuckin contest. The event will begin at 3:30 Sept. 16 at the festival hospitality tent. No pre-registration is required, although competitors are cautioned to warm up their throwing arms to compete for the various prizes.
In addition to the entertainment and games, a 5Krun and walk is planned for 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 17. The run will begin behind the Romulus Senior Center, 36525 Bibbins St. in Romulus.
Check in will begin at 8:30 a.m., warm-up at 8:45 a.m. and the run will officially begin at 9 a.m. There will be first, second and third place prizes Information is available at (734) 955-4521.
The Corn Hole Tournament sponsored by St. John's Lodge #44 will take place from 1 until 4 p.m. Saturday, north of the Historical Park Pavilion. The registration fee is $15 per person and advance registration is encouraged. There will be trophies for the first and second place teams and medals for the third-place team.
The tournament is a benefit for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America and donations are also accepted. For more information, call Brother James Brown at (734) 389-5372.
The event is organized each year by a Pumpkin Festival Committee, first established in 1996 for the planning of the first festival in 1997. Members of the committee meet at 5:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of the month beginning in March to prepare for the September event. Meetings take place in Romulus City Hall Council Chambers at 11111 Wayne Road.
Volunteers are always welcome, organizers said. For information, or to join the committee, call the Pumpkin Festival Hotline at (734) 955-4577 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.