UPDATED: City to Host Second-Annual Pumpkin Smash

UPDATED: City to Host Second-Annual Pumpkin Smash

This event has been cancelled as of October 26th, 2022.

TROY, NY (October 14, 2022)– Mayor Patrick Madden today announced the City of Troy will host a second Pumpkin Smash to keep food scraps out of the landfill and promote composting. Local families will have the opportunity to bash, crush, and clobber leftover pumpkins from the season at Knickerbacker Park in Lansingburgh on Saturday, November 5th.

Mayor Madden said, “We are excited to bring back the Pumpkin Smash for a second time. Keeping materials like pumpkins and food scraps allows for them to be utilized in gardens and green spaces as finished compost.”

This event will take place Saturday, November 5th at Knickerbacker Park, located at the corner of 103rd St and 8th Ave, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is for Troy residents only.

Participants can help the environment by bringing old pumpkins, gourds and jack-o-lanterns to be smashed in front of the ice rink building. The pumpkin and gourd scraps will be brought to the Town of Bethlehem’s composting facility, keeping them out of local landfills. Pumpkins and gourds should be paint-free and glitter free if they are to be composted. All lights, candlewax and decorations must also be removed.

Advance registration for the Troy Pumpkin Smash is required. The link to register is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pumpkin-smash-2022. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, November 3rd.

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Program Contact:
Naomi Pitkin, Recycling Specialist
[email protected] / (518) 279-7313

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About the City of Troy:

Incorporated in 1816, the City of Troy is the seat of Rensselaer County government and the county’s largest municipality by population. Situated on the eastern bank of the Hudson River, the City boasts seven miles of waterfront, a largely-preserved historic downtown, diverse neighborhoods, and several major colleges and universities. Troy’s history as the nation’s largest manufacturer of detachable cuffs and collars earned the City’s nickname “the Collar City.” A former steel & iron manufacturing powerhouse of the 19th and early 20th century, the City is now home to a growing hub of tech, game development, restaurants, and retail.