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 Kellie Malofey and her son Landon Edds, from Rochester, attend the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival last year.

Kellie Malofey and her son Landon Edds, from Rochester, attend the Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival last year.

File photo by Donna Agusti

Pumpkin festival, scarecrows to help spice up fall

By: Mary Beth Almond | Rochester Post | Published October 2, 2018


ROCHESTER HILLS — As the weather cools and the leaves start falling from the trees, there is plenty to do at the Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm to celebrate the harvest season.

For 17 years, the museum has been bringing families together for its Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival, to be held this year 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13.

The event, which is held rain or shine, is open to the public and costs $5 for museum members and $8 for nonmembers. Children under 2 attend for free.

Over the years, said Michele Dunham, the museum’s program coordinator, the signature event has become a tradition for many in the community.

“Last year it rained all day long, and I can’t tell you how many people said, ‘Thank you for not canceling, thank you for doing this; this is our tradition.’ And that’s what’s most important to us,” she said. “We have people who plan vacations or grandparents who plan their visits around the pumpkin festival.”

Families are invited to carve a pumpkin, go pumpkin bowling, try their hand at walking on stilts and enjoy a variety of entertainment —  including a farm animal show, “John Forshee and the Barnyard Express”; musical entertainment; the Stoney Creek High School drumline; a Rochester Hills firetruck and more.

After the activities end, carved pumpkins will be placed on the farm’s historical stone walls in the evening and will be lit with candles for a one-night display 7-9 p.m.

The museum, which is hoping to exceed its record of 1,011 pumpkins lit at one time, encourages evening patrons to give a financial donation to support the Rochester Area Neighborhood House.

The museum’s “Scarecrows in the City” outdoor exhibit — which includes over 30 scarecrows made by local businesses and organizations — will be revealed during the event.

On Oct. 15, “Scarecrows in the City” will move to the streets of downtown, where they will be on display along Main Street until Oct. 31.

“It’s a great, fun and inspiring way to get their business name out to the public,” said Kris Ismail, the museum’s fiscal associate.

Proceeds go toward the museum’s operating costs and programming.

For more information and a complete schedule of Stone Wall Pumpkin Festival activities, visit or call (248) 656-4663.