Whitefish Bay - Thirty years ago, Whitefish Bay police made Gordy Falk move his extensive jack-o-lantern to Schoolhouse Park, due to the congestion of onlookers coming visiting his home on Carlisle Avenue.
The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation has kept the village's pumpkin-scooping tradition alive ever since, celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. This year's pumpkin festival kicks off Wednesday, Oct. 26, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 30. The festival takes place from 6 to 9 p.m., with the exception of Saturday, Oct. 29, when the festival starts at 3:30 p.m.
Roughly 1,200 pumpkins will be on hand this year for families to come carve and display them along the bleachers lining the perimeter of Old Schoolhouse Park, 5420 N. Marlborough Drive, throughout the five-day event. The civic foundation provides the pumpkins, carving tools and candles for free.
Pandl's Whitefish Bay Inn will sell food during the event. New this year, the civic foundation will have a beer tent on Friday and Saturday nights.
Live music is scheduled for each night of the festival. Pat McCurdy will kick off the first night, playing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Tinker Boys play from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday, and Jay Matthes plays from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, the School of Rock band will play from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m., and Ian and the Dream will play from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Angie Said Red will close the festival, playing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 30.