There will be thousands of IFO’s flying around Estancia this weekend.
IFO, by the way, is an Identified Flying Object; and in Estancia’s case, you might be able to identify the object but may not believe it.
The 19th annual Pumpkinfest will be held at Cape Calabaza Field on Saturday, Oct. 18, in which homemade air cannons will be shooting the colored gourds as far as 3,000 feet in the Punkin Chunkin’ contest sponsored by the Estancia Rotary Club.
Last year more than 3,000 people came to the field, on the southern edge of Estancia, to watch the gourds fly.
As if projectile pumpkins weren’t enough reason to head out for Pumpkinfest, there are many other fun family activities planned, such as a pie-eating contest, a carnival and plenty of vendors. Plus, there is the crowning of a prince and princess.
There will even be the opportunity for spectators to get into the punkin’ chunkin’ act, with an exhibition launching and a pumpkin “slingshot” that anyone can get a chance to try.
Pumpkins for the patch are donated by Aday Farms and those shot out of the cannons are donated by Tagawa Greenhouse.
Proceeds from Pumpkinfest go towards scholarships for local students.
Last year, Rotary was able to give five $1,000 scholarships and two $500 scholarships. Sedillo said that money goes to Estancia High School graduates to use on college expenses.
This year, Gov. Susana Martinez is scheduled to launch the first pumpkin.
The goal each year is to earn more money from the event so that Rotary can give out even more scholarships.
Pumpkinfest takes place on Saturday and starts with a parade down N.M. 41, Estancia’s main street, at 10:30 a.m. Practice launches will start at noon with the Punkin Chunkin’ contest starting at 1 p.m. Door prizes will be handed out starting at 1 p.m. and thereafter every hour on the hour.