This year's Grove City Harvest Market will feature two pumpkin-themed contests, of the pie and carving varieties.

This year’s Grove City Harvest Market will feature two pumpkin-themed contests, of the pie and carving varieties.

The market will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Oct. 1, 8 and 15 at the Grove City town center. This will be the eighth year for the market sponsored by the Grove City Community Club.

During market hours, Park Street west of Broadway will be closed.

“Most people that come seem to like the atmosphere,” said event coordinator Denise Corkwell.

From 8 to 9 a.m. on Oct. 8, participants can send their pumpkin pies to the City Hall Lobby, 4035 Broadway. Pies will be judged on overall appearance, taste, color and crust texture. Cash prizes of $75, $50 and $25 will be awarded. Contestants can donate their pies to the market, with proceeds benefiting “Operation Buckeye,” which sends food and other items to U.S. troops.

The pumpkin carving and designing contest will be held on Oct. 15. Participants can send their pumpkins to the City Hall Lobby from 9 to 10 a.m. Nine winners will be awarded cash prizes of $25, $15 or $10. Age categories include 3-7, 8-12 and 13-17 years old. Pumpkins will be judged on overall appearance.

From 9 a.m. to noon on Oct. 1, free diabetes screening will be available.

Corkwell said the harvest market differs from the farmers market because vendors offer more than just produce, such as alpaca fleece clothing items. Seasonal produce available includes apples, pumpkins, pears, cabbage, sweet potatoes and squash. Jams, jellies, cookies, baked goods and cider also are for sale. The Community Club will sell cornbread and bean soup by the quart.

On Oct. 8, the Gardens at Gantz Farm will sell plants.

Last year, about 20 vendors participated, Corkwell said. She hopes at least 2,000 people will attend the market during its three weeks.

Club president Sharon Downs said the number of vendors and attendees has doubled, if not tripled, since the first market. Every year, the market gains new vendors and items. People keep an eye out for their favorite vendors. “We care about our vendors and we try to accommodate them in every way, shape or form that is possible,” she said.