Pumpkin Heads Will Roll

To all of you transplants who say Phoenix is culturally and socially bankrupt, we say shut your trap and open your eyes. Indie businesses have loyal followings, while big chains are having going-out-of-business sales. There’s a farmers’ market in nearly every community. And we’ve got family-friendly fairs by the bushel, like the Roosevelt Row Harvest Festival.

“We wanted to create a free urban festival that would highlight all the great accomplishments in the area,” says festival spokesperson Jennifer Delgado. “Our [participants] are some of the best weird/urban/artsy folks in the Valley.” The event will feature live music, art merchants, a Four Peaks beer garden, and pumpkin bowling, a crazy tradition started by local artist Joe Willie Smith. It’s exactly like it sounds, with kids and adults tossing orange gourds down a hay-covered “alley.” If your “ball” goes splat, no worries; we’re guessing the aforementioned weird/artsy folks are always up for a good food fight.

Sat., Oct. 18, 12-7 p.m., 2008
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Wynter Holden
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