Pick a pumpkin: PS 130’s fall fest is a blast for families, kids and pumpkin lovers

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How much does this pumpkin weigh?: Enaas Saleh, 9, has a guess.
That’s one heavy pumpkin: Ava Ojo, 12, a PS 130 alumnus, was four pounds off in her guess of the pumpkin’s weight.
Halloween masterpiece: Alexandra Saviano and her daughter Lucia, 4, enjoy making Halloween crafts.
Queens of hearts: Riona Gjonbalaj wears her heart on her cheek.
Pumpkin patch kid: Logan Martinez isn’t in a rush to pick out a pumpkin to carve.

They’re going out of their gourd thanks to this great time!

It seemed the whole neighborhood turned out for PS 130’s second Kensington fall festival — with apple picking, arts and crafts, and a pumpkin patch featuring a guess-the-weight-of-a-giant-pumpkin contest — and friends new and old say it captured the spirit of togetherness.

“It was fabulous and fun and was just a really nice way to get the community together,” said Susanna Siltanen, the mother of a graduate and a second grader at the school. “The kids had a good time as well.”

Organizers say the event was a huge success because lots of the neighborhood chipped in to help.

“We reached out to the community and we just approached people to see if they wanted to donate to our event,” said Siltanen, who is a member of the parent teachers association at the school. “We wanted to make sure it was affordable and everyone could attend.”

And it showed just why many people are calling Kensington home — because of its great school.

“I’m very impressed,” said Siltanen, who moved to the neighborhood from California two years ago. “That’s one of the reasons we moved to this area.”

And as for the pumpkin’s weight? Ava Ojo, Siltanen’s 12-year-old daughter, figured it was about 78.2 pounds.

Close, but no cigar! Turns out the glutinous gourd weighed an astonishing 82.6 pounds.

Reach reporter Eli Rosenberg at or by calling (718) 260-2531. And follow him at
Updated 7:54 am, October 24, 2012
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