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Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival Carves Out 50th Anniversary In Darien

The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival will be held Saturday. Photo Credit: Contributed
The Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival Celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Photo Credit: Contributed

DARIEN, Conn. -- For 50 years, the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival at Tokeneke School in Darien has been a favorite fall activity for families, offering something spooky and fun for children.

To honor its half-century birthday, the 2015 Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival on Saturday will be a celebration of traditions such as old-fashioned fair games and new experiences, including all-new rides and food options.

Originally called “Big Pumpkin,” the Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival is one of Darien’s most cherished traditions. Every October for the past five decades, the Pumpkin Carnival has transformed the Tokeneke Elementary School on Old Farm Road into a Halloween-themed haunted house and amusement park with food, games and a wide variety of mechanical rides.

This year, the 2015 Pumpkin Carnival is scheduled to take place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rain date will be Sunday.

The 2015 Tokeneke Pumpkin Carnival features rides and attractions suitable for a wide variety of ages, including the brand-new Rock Star ride.

This year, carnival attendees will be able to enjoy new food options like Meatball & Co. as well as a new gluten-free pizza option from long-term supporter Heights Pizza. Other Darien restaurants, such as Burgers Shakes & Fries and UCBC, will be on hand. Whole Foods will serve coffee in the morning and a Newman’s Own lemonade stand will serve refreshments throughout the day.

The Tokeneke Parent Teacher Organization is responsible for organizing the Pumpkin Carnival. Local businesses are the key supporters of the event.

For the fifth year in a row, the Darien Sports Shop will be this year’s title sponsor. Some of the other sponsors are: East Coast Irrigation; Newman’s Own; Darien Rowayton Bank; The Darien News; Heights Pizza; Speed Printing & Graphics; Stew Leonard’s; Fox Hill Builders; Dr. David Osherow, DDS; Deane Inc.; Burger, Shakes and Fries; Meatball & Co.; Kempo Academy plus many others.

The funds raised at the Pumpkin Carnival provide funding for the enrichment program at the Tokeneke Elementary School. Tokeneke serves about 500 students from preschool through fifth grade.

To learn more about the 2015 Pumpkin Carnival, visit its website and Facebook page .

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