In a release to chamber members, provided to The Cooperstown Crier, the intent of the festival was described as transforming Cooperstown into a, “magical fall-inspired village.”
Szarpa said that the new festival is planned for the first week in October, in order to capture a fall atmosphere, while not competing with Columbus Day and Halloween.
“We wanted to give it the October flavor,” Szarpa said.
She also said that Fall Into Cooperstown will try to draw more people to Cooperstown’s businesses, and increase the number of visitors who choose to stay overnight.
“The entire focus won’t be the giants,” Szarpa said. “I think we are going to be replacing it (PumpkinFest) with events of better quality. We’ll have other exciting contests involving pumpkins.”
One pumpkin focused event will be an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for longest line of carved pumpkins. The record stands at 1,301, and the Chamber’s plan is to enlist the community to participate in the carving.
As the festival’s title suggests, one of its events will involve launching pumpkins into the air.
“We will have pumpkins flying in some way, shape or form,” Szarpa said, who said that the method for their launching was still being worked out.
In terms of non-pumpkin related events, the release says that the Chamber plans to partner with local attractions to provide themed theater performances and movie showings, ghost tours and drink options, among other possibilities. There will also be what the release describes as an “unFairground,” which will feature such activities as giant lawn bowling, corn husk doll making and spin art.
Szarpa said more details will be released soon.