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Chuck pumpkins for charity at Ye Old Pumpkin Festival

Fall would not be the same without chucking pumpkins.

Travel back to the Middle Ages Saturday at the second annual free Ye Old Pumpkin Festival at the Christ Episcopal Church in Forest Hill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The church is offering participants a chance to test their pumpkin chucking skills on a medieval trebuchet for $10. Proceeds will benefit the Faith Communities and Civic Agencies United (FCCAU) and Harford Family House, two local homeless shelters. Last year, the church raised about $5,000 for the shelters.

"Our mission is to be a part of God's blessing," Christ Episcopal Church Pastor Frances Le Blanc said. "So we were looking to see who we can bless."

Le Blanc said Christ Episcopal is one of nine churches which formed Harford Family House to give emergency shelter to families in the area.

The idea of pumpkin chucking comes from a children's parable using the light inside the pumpkin to symbolize God shining and working through people, Le Blanc said.

"It's about becoming pumpkin people and letting God's light shine out of them," Le Blanc said.

Le Blanc said she coupled the parable with the excitement of hurling pumpkins to create the event. She said it declared 2012, the first year of the festival, the year of the pumpkin.

The festival includes a Medieval combat demonstration from The Society for Creative Anachronism, early Renaissance and late Medieval music, archery lessons and tons of crafts. Kids can enjoy face painting, pony rides and a petting zoo.

"The combat demo was great last year," Le Blanc said. "They did it about three or four times; the knights dressed in amour and would just hurl at each other."

Le Blanc said children can also make their own scarecrow and decorate pumpkins during the festival.

"I think parents love it because their kids can decorate pumpkins, but leave all the messy here," Le Blanc said.

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