Family-friendly fall fun takes place at Boardman Park

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Families surrounded a campfire at Boardman Park on Oct. 14 to roast marshmallows and hot dogs during the Halloween at Boardman Park event.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests at Boardman Park worked on carving pumpkins for the pumpkin competition on Oct. 14-16. Pictured are, from left, Tina Selner, Lindsey Selner, Jimmy Lipjanic and Candace Lipjanic.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Friends and families attended Boardman Park during Oct. 14-16 to carve pumpkins to enter in the Great Pumpkin Carve Out contest.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Friends attended the pumpkin carving competition at Boardman Park on Oct. 14-16 to carve their own pumpkins to enter in the competition.

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Neighbors | Alexis Bartolomucci.Guests who attended Boardman Park on Oct. 14 and 15 could go on a Family Friendly Haunted Wagon Ride as part of Halloween at Boardman Park.

By ALEXIS BARTOLOMUCCI

abartolomucci@vindy.com

Hundreds of people went to Boardman Park on Oct. 14, 15 and 16 to carve pumpkins for the annual Great Pumpkin Carve-Out contest.

Pumpkin-carvers showed up with their families and friends to carve the perfect pumpkin. The event was created more than 30 years ago and has grown to become bigger each year. More than 400 pumpkins are carved each year.

The event is weather-driven and the nicer the weather, the more people attend.

Families have turned this event into a tradition they attend each year. Aside from pumpkin carving, families could roast s’mores and hot dogs over a fire, enjoy food from food trucks, a rock wall and a bounce-a-round.

Boardman Park buys the pumpkins from a local grower and allows a guest to pick out a pumpkin for a small donation. During the judging on Sunday, there would be an award for each age group.

After the carve-out, families could enjoy a ride on the Haunted Family Hayrides on Oct. 14 and 15 or go trick-or-treating during the Boo Thru the Woods event on Oct. 16. Several activities take place at Boardman Park throughout the month of October to celebrate Halloween and providing family-friendly activities to participate in.

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