The kickoff event for the Milford Pumpkin Festival is sure to attract a crowd and it almost didn’t happen this year.

The traditional Milford Pumpkin Festival, which highlights local artists and showcases small businesses almost didn’t happen, but the New Hampshire Patch reports that that the Granite Town Festivities Committee took over the running of the event so the show will go on.

According to the New Hampshire Patch, the three day festival will begin with the unveiling of the new forever stamps issued by the United States Post Office, which are officially called “Spooky Silhouettes” and will feature Halloween images such as a cat with an arched back beneath a raven, two ghosts against an orange background, a spider and web against a red background and three bats against a purple background.

There will be 28 musical acts to enjoy, the news site reports, and there will be beer, wine, and spirits.

The highlight of the event is sure to be the Great Pumpkin Weight-In which will be held at noon on Saturday in the Oval.  The Pumpkin light up is on Friday night at 6:30 at Town Hall.