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Posted on: September 16, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Pumpkin Smashing Competition To Promote Composting & Halloween Events

Village of Westmont
Date Issued: Sept. 16, 2015

“The EIC is being creative in developing as many recycling opportunities as we can to the residents of Westmont,” says Environmental Improvement Commission Secretary Mary Gabryel. “We want to thank The Farm on 63rd Street for providing a pumpkin composting drop-off this year.”

The Farm, a Westmont business located at 34 E. 63rd Street, just east of Cass Avenue on the north side of the street, will be accepting unwanted/used pumpkins starting on Monday, Nov. 2 through Friday, Nov. 6 from 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, Nov. 7 from 9am to 3pm. All pumpkins must be cleaned free of inorganic materials, such as candles, decorations, etc., prior to being disposed in the composting collection container.

To bring more attention to pumpkin composting effort as well as other Halloween events, the EIC has created a very unique special event. “Our EIC members were talking about a pumpkin catapult event,” says EIC Staff Liaison Larry McIntyre, “and we decided to take it a step further by creating the Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza.” Community organizations and public agencies will be invited to put forth one contestant to go 25 feet up in a bucket truck and then throw pumpkins from the bucket at a target on the ground below. The goal is to have a fun, community event and use the excitement of the event as an opportunity to promote pumpkin composting, the Westmont Chamber’s community-wide Stuff-A-Truck food drive for the People’s Resource Center, the Trick Or Treat Trail, the Park District’s Haunted Forest event, and general Halloween safety. The Pumpkin Smashing Extravaganza will be part of the Trick Or Treat Trail event in downtown Westmont on Saturday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The competition will be held in the public parking lot on the northeast corner of Cass and Burlington.

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


Contact: Larry McIntyre
Village of Westmont Communications Director

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