The catapult is loaded with one small pumpkin at a time and then released to launch skyward, then land with a thunk. Some of them make it to the ground in one piece; the less lucky ones break open and spread their seeds into what may one day be a village pumpkin patch.
At nightfall, the bonfire will be lit at 6 p.m., and fireworks will cap off the evening at 8:30 p.m.
Rain date for the festival is Sunday, Oct. 28, and planners are hoping this year they won't have to reschedule.
"Last year, for the first time, we had a downpour on Saturday and had to go for our rain date," said Stevens. "Then, there were unheard of high winds on Sunday, so we had to cancel it altogether. That's not happening this year; we won't let it.""