Knights Ferry will be hosting the 49th Annual Pumpkin Roll in the historic community on Sunday, Nov. 4. This traditional ‘Sunday after Halloween’ event draws participants from throughout the Valley to try their hand at the art of rolling a pumpkin.
Interested participants can sign up in front of the Knights Ferry Community Club, 17601 Main St., at 11 a.m. They are accepting a small donation for the registration fee. Rollers five years and under will begin the pumpkin rolling at noon on the tennis court of the Knights Ferry Community Club and the main event for those six years and over will begin at 1 p.m.
The object of the competition is to stand at one end of the pumpkin roll area and roll your favorite pumpkin down Main Street, explained Lee Shearer, chairman of the contest. The winner is the one who gets the closest to the chalked finish line. There are five age categories from pre-school to senior citizens. One male and one female from each category will be awarded a trophy. The pumpkins are donated by George Perry and Sons of Manteca.
The day begins with a pancake breakfast at the I.O.O.F. Hall on Main Street from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a craft fair in the Club House and the Knights Ferry Garden Club will be selling pumpkin roll desserts. The Knights Ferry Museum will be open, as well as the ice cream shop.
There also may be an opportunity to view the salmon coming up the Stanislaus River to Knights Ferry, from the bridge.
For more information, call (209) 881-3314 or (209) 881-3217.