There will be plenty of food possibilities during the weekend. Last year, a crowd was drawn to the fire station after the beer keg was tapped and food was served.
There will be plenty of food possibilities during the weekend. Last year, a crowd was drawn to the fire station after the beer keg was tapped and food was served.

The first-ever Wykoff Fall Fest Pumpkin Bake-Off will pit the pumpkin-baking skills of area residents against one another, but ultimately it is meant for bringing them together to raise funds for the 2017 Fall Fest celebration. 

“The pumpkin bake-off is for anyone wanting to prepare a baked item of sorts.  It must have pumpkin in it,” said Fall Fest committee member Mary Sackett.

Participants should bring the full item to Wykoff community center by 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 24.  One piece will be removed and the balance will be saved, packaged and sold at a bake sale during the pancake breakfast on Sunday morning, with the proceeds going to Fall Fest. 

Judging of the pumpkin bake-off will take place at 9:30 a.m. at the community center, and the baker who’s brought the best gourd goods will enjoy the honor of winning. There is a grand prize valued at $75 for the winning entry, and anyone can participate.  There is no fee for entry.

For the little ones, there’s a cupcake-walk in the park next to the community hall at 1 to 2 p.m. on Saturday.  Sackett invited anyone between knee-high – or 4 or 5 years old – up to about 14 years old to join the fun of a cakewalk. 

“As usual, there’s music to walk by, and when it stops, a winner will be chosen,” said Sackett.  “However, we have a little twist to the game – there’s yummy cake for every winner.” 

Other foodie-friendly events slated for this year’s Fall Fest include the Wykoff United Methodist Church’s annual German dinner, which features pork sandwiches, hot potato salad and pie, at the community center starting at 11 a.m. on Saturday, the Lions pancake breakfast on Sunday at 8 a.m., and Wykoff’s feisty firemen putting on their chili feed from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, turning up the temperature with chili and all the fixings.