Big ones are back

Pumpkins, booya, bargains highlight weekend events

Bigger is better at the Stillwater Harvest Festival this weekend.

That’s because area growers will see who grew the biggest pumpkin at the annual contest in downtown Stillwater’s Lowell Park.

But giant gourds aren’t the only attraction in the St. Croix Valley this weekend. Bargain hunters can check out several rummage sales and if you are hungry, a Bayport church offers its annual booya for dining in or take out.

Besides giant pumpkins, the Harvest Festival hosts a street dance Saturday night and offers bluegrass music, vendors, games and the popular pumpkin regatta in the St. Croix River. The festival continues Sunday.

Sports fans can catch the Stillwater Ponies’ final regular season home game against the Roseville Raiders at 7 p.m. today at Pony Stadium. The team has a short turnaround before ending their regular season at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Hastings.

The popular Stillwater Area High School Music Department rummage sale is 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the high school. This is a popular stop for bargain hunters because of the wide range of items for sale. All proceeds help pay some of the department’s operating costs.

The St. Croix Valley United Methodist Church in Lakeland holds a fundraising rummage sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds go toward a 2013 church mission trip to West Virginia.

The Trinity Family Center holds its second annual “Fall Shoppers Market” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with more than 40 vendors on hand. Proceeds from this sale support the Trinity childcare program and staff.

If you hit one or more of those sales, you’ll probably be hungry. Then visit St. Charles Catholic Church in Bayport for its annual “Booya in Bayport.” Organizers will cook about 300 gallons of booya. Enjoy some at the church, then take some home at the church’s popular drive-through booya stand.