For the 53rd time as a downtown merchant, I have seen the Pumpkin Show come and go from a first row seat. My family and I stay in the heart of it all when we move into a space we call Harry’s on Main above our business, Blocks Shoe Store. If you have ever come to town late Sunday afternoon, I am sure that you have been just as amazed as we are at the incredible job that is done in what seems a very short period of time to make the downtown look as if the big show had never been there. This year, though, something was left that is truly amazing — the so called “Pumpkin Show Park.”
Like in Greek mythology, the ancient bird, the Phoenix, rose from the ashes of itself. It is as if this wonderful park rose from the ashes of the American Hotel. I am not sure how this came to be or how it was paid for, but my hat goes off to those that have achieved what I consider the most significant improvement to the downtown area in those 53 years I mentioned. It is truly a masterpiece of space use, and when it is finished it hopefully will be the springboard to most improvements to come to our downtown.
As I watched it develop, I was impressed by the craftsmen that were involved in its construction. They all seemed to be engaged in the process and were, as far as I could tell, all from our own community. Rhoades Landscaping as well as J.S. Goode Landscaping workers were together as a team. Matt Shultz and his crew of cement guys were hard at work as well as Vic Riffle and his electric company. There were undoubtedly others I missed, but it was great to see. I can only image the many uses the Park will be used for as our community gets involved.
How great will it be to get carryout or pack your lunch and sit in the sun on a nice warm spring afternoon and enjoy the great outdoors while you eat and chat with your friends on one of the very neat bench/table seats installed there for our pleasure. Concerts, Third Thursday’s, perhaps a play or two from a Roundtown Players group, or maybe a high school drama club. Maybe even a wedding or two with a reception. The ideas are endless and perhaps some will come to pass. To whoever and to all involved, I thank you very much.