Two girls crouching with one releasing a small pumpkin
Zoey Raml releases a pumpkin at the top of the pumpkin bowling game as her sister Avery watches. Pumpkin bowling was one of the pumpkin-themed games for children at Conifer’s Fall Festival sponsored by the Conifer Kiwanis. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

The Conifer Fall Festival is everything a small-town festival should be.

Ingenuity had a hand in making the festival on the field at U.S. 285 and Settlers Drive so successful as children participated in pumpkin chuckin’, pumpkin bowling and a new addition this year, pumpkin golf. For adults, there were artisan booths, food trucks, beer tents, a pumpkin patch and music. 

A woman and girl pull back a gigantic slingshot with a pumpkin in it.
Annie Cooley and her daughter Katie participate in pumpkin chuckin’, using the trebuchet to fling a pumpkin into a large box. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Conifer Kiwanis puts on the Fall Festival, with proceeds going to area nonprofits.

Three young people standing behind bales of hay and pumpkins. A boy is holding a pumpkin.
From left, Kaia Prokop, 10, Mary Norton and Leo Prokop, 6, try the pumpkin golf game at Conifer Fall Festival. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

It takes a village to put on such an event, and Kristy Tolan, president of Blue Spruce Kiwanis in Evergreen, spent several hours volunteering, noting that members of several neighboring Kiwanis clubs volunteered to help Conifer Kiwanis with the Fall Festival.

Two adults watching as a boy prepares to throw a pumpkin.
Noah Twitchell, 9, prepares to fling a pumpkin down the alley to try to hit 20 pins at the bottom of the hill during pumpkin bowling. His parents, David and Kris Twitchell watch. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Avery and Zoey Raml enjoyed pumpkin bowling, while mom Shirley said she brought the girls to the festival because it was another chance to spend a day outside before the weather got cold.

People sitting on hay bales listening to a band.
Band Made of Stone plays at the Conifer Fall Festival. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Frank Prokop, who lives in The Homestead, watched his children, Kaia and Leo, try pumpkin golf. Frank said the family moved to Conifer two years ago, and they loved living here and festivals such as this.

Woman setting up bowling pins
Annie Cooley, executive director of Resilience1220, sets up the pins at the bottom of the hill for pumpkin bowling. Resilience1220, which provides free counseling to those ages 12-20 and more, is one of the recipients of the event’s proceeds. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Annie Cooley and Heather Aberg, the executive director and former executive director of Resilience1220, respectively, took turns setting up the 20 pins for pumpkin bowling. The bowling “lane” was set up on a hill, so children could roll small pumpkins down the hill toward the pins. 

Many pumpkins lying on the ground.
Pumpkins of all sizes and shapes were available for purchase at the Conifer Fall Festival. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

Noah Twitchell, 9, even bowled a strike, while other children took several tries to knock down the pins.

Two girls crouched down with one ready to move a pumpkin
Zoey Raml releases a pumpkin at the top of the pumpkin bowling game as her sister Avery watches. Credit: Deb Hurley Brobst

“This is the last festival of the year,” Kris Twitchell, Noah’s mom, said. “We like going to local events.”

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