Grahamsville — The 31st Annual Giant Pumpkin Party and Children’s Parade will be held on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. -5 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Grahamsville. A benefit for the Daniel Pierce Library, this old­-time country fair and autumn festival has always been focused on the children and their love for reading books. It’s a family day out in the country with something for everyone – from the costume parade to pony rides, giant pumpkin growing contest, petting zoo, live country music, hay rides, hay maze, a “Better” Book Sale, harvest baking contest, delicious food and other amusements. Admission and parking are free.

The children’s costume parade (open to children of all ages) will begin the day’s activities. Marchers should assemble on the library lawn at 8:30 a.m. (Park first at the Grahamsville Fairgrounds and take the free shuttle bus).

Entertainment on the library front lawn will be provided by Jack Luster and Professor Balloon­a­Kiss. At 9 a.m., parade participants will march the quarter mile route to the fairgrounds where costume raffle winners will be announced. All entrants will receive a prize. Groups wishing to enter a float in the parade should contact the Daniel Pierce Library or go to (danielpiercelibrary.org) for additional information. This year’s theme is ”On Your Mark, Get Set, Read!”

Once the parade has entered the fairgrounds, the daylong musical entertainment will get underway. The Giant Pumpkin Party stage welcomes the Tri­Valley Band under the direction of band director, Matthew Weyant. Enjoy a wonderful variety of music, featuring “modern mountain music” by “Those Guys” and bluegrass with “Hudson Crossing. Visitors to the Giant Pumpkin Party will also enjoy the children’s games (every child is a winner) including “Win it in a Minute,” pony rides, craft activities, hayrides, petting zoo, hay maze, “The Book Nook”, miniature golf course, crafts, bake sale, and raffle featuring more than forty prizes. In addition to these activities, giant Pumpkin partiers may participate in the many scheduled contests: the Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest (adult and children’s categories), Pumpkin Decorating Contest, Country Bake Contest, Obstacle Course, Hay Bale Throw Contest, and Theme Float Contest. Prizes and/or trophies will be awarded for each. Entry forms and contest rules are available in advance by contacting the Daniel Pierce Library or visiting the library website.

Every library benefit needs a book sale and the Giant Pumpkin Party is no exception. A collection of gently used books, the best of the best donated to the library over the course of the year, will be featured in the Better Book Sale. Remember, the event is held rain or shine. And admission and parking are free. Funds raised will be used for the Children’s Program Room, and to purchase automation equipment and needed books for all age groups.

For entry forms, contest rules, a schedule of the day’s events, or additional information, call the Daniel Pierce Library at 985­-7233 or go to the Giant Pumpkin Party page at danielpiercelibrary.org.