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Posted on: September 10, 2018

[ARCHIVED] 4th Annual Pumpkin Smashing Event on Oct. 20 Promotes Composting

Westmont, Illinois
Date Issued: Sept. 10, 2018

The Village of Westmont will host its 4th annual Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. in downtown Westmont at the corner of Cass Avenue and Irving Street.  The goal of the event is to promote pumpkin composting.  Westmont has scheduled a pumpkin composting event for Saturday, Nov. 3, 9am-Noon at the Westmont Library, 428 N. Cass.
“We created the pumpkin smashing event as a way to gain attention for pumpkin composting,” said Larry McIntyre, Westmont Communications Director. “We expect this year’s competition to be bigger and better than ever.”


Almost 20 Westmont organizations and local agencies will be represented in the Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza.  Participants will bring their decorated pumpkins to the event and go 20 feet up in the air in a Public Works bucket truck, then toss their pumpkin at a target below.  Contestants are judged on pumpkin decorations, closeness to target, and maximum pumpkin splatter.
This event is part of the month-long Wicked West Fest, which consists of more than a dozen events in Westmont throughout the month of October.  Other Halloween events in downtown Westmont on Oct. 20 include the Trick Or Treat Trail, the Wicked West Fest Costume Contest, and the Caskets on Cass Race.  In the evening, the Park District’s Haunted Forest event will take place at Diane Main Woods off of 57th Street.


This year, the pumpkin composting collection location will be at the Westmont Library, 428 N. Cass.  The collection will be on the Saturday after Halloween, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to Noon.  All pumpkins must be cleaned free of inorganic materials such as candles and other decorations prior to being disposed in the composting collection container.

For more information, contact us at or 630-417-0280.


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont
Communications Director/PIO

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