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Pumpkin Fest will celebrate Halloween in Cortez

Pumpkin Fest will take place at Montezuma Park on Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Halloween carnival features a 5K run, trick or treat parade down Main Street, games, costume contest, a dance with a live DJ, and more. (Courtesy photo)
Piñon Project event is Oct. 30 at Montezuma Park

The Piñon Project’s annual Pumpkin Fest is Oct. 30 from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Montezuma Park in Cortez.

The family Halloween event includes a 5K run, costume contest, trick-or-treating parade, games, dancing and more.

“It’s a classic carnival, and is quite popular with families,” said organizer Ian Elder-Cheyne, program manager for the Piñon Project.

The 5K Zombie runs begins at 9 a.m. and will be a Cake Walk at 10 a.m.

Costume contest judging from 11-11:30 a.m. Registration for the contest begins at 10 a.m.

The Trick or Treat parade — chaperoned by adults — will go from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants will walk down Market and Main streets to receive treats from area businesses.

The carnival goes from noon to 2:30 p.m. at the park. Tickets for various events are .25 cents each.

Events include, spiderweb corn hole, pumpkin bowling, a spooky obstacle course, crafts and a photo booth with a Halloween backdrop.

At the carnival there will be a dance, and DJ Eric Shinn will spin the tunes.

“Its fun to get all the kids dancing in their costumes. Zombies make great dancers,” Elder-Cheyne said.

Piñon Project Director Kellie Willis said everyone is welcome to celebrate Halloween at the Pumpkin Fest.

Organizers embrace the fun-filled fright of the Halloween holiday, and warn carnival participants to be wary of “ghoulish monsters who may be hiding around any corner!”

For more information contact the Piñon Project at 970-564-1195. Volunteers are needed. Learn about family services at pinonproject.org