Smashing pumpkins

The Auglaize County Public District Library has partnered with the Wapakoneta Fire Department in an event to get the whole family involved in some Halloween fun.

On Halloween evening, county residents will have the opportunity to toss a pumpkin from the bucket of a fire truck and watch it smash on the ground below.

This is all part of Cash2Smash — smash a pumpkin, support the local library.

Cash2Smash is a first time event and will be a fall fundraiser for the Auglaize County Public District Library branches. This will be the culmination of a month-long creative pumpkin contest that has been on display at the Wapakoneta branch throughout the month of October. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 at the Wapakoneta Fire Station, 103 Willipie St.

Each library staff in the system, including Cridersville, New Bremen, New Knoxville, Minster, Wapakoneta and Waynesfield, created a pumpkin display for the contest and each library’s patrons will have the opportunity to bid on their library’s pumpkins submission to win the chance to throw it from the bucket of a Wapakoneta fire truck — as they will be hoisted in the bucket of a fire truck.

“This will give families something to do on Halloween night,” Auglaize County Public District Library Director Beth Steiner said, “and it will finalize the pumpkin contest between the libraries. The fire department agreed to help, and we are ecstatic.”

This idea came from Youth Services Coordinator Karie Maurer-Enneking and Steiner as a way to enjoy the holiday and end their month-long celebration.

This type of event appeals to all different ages groups — as they will have a chance to smash pumpkins and have an opportunity to ride on the fire truck, Steiner said.

“We wanted to bring fun and excitement into the library,” Maurer-Enneking said. “So we thought, what better way to smash a pumpkin than in the bucket of a fire truck.”

To have an opportunity to get to be a participant  in this fundraiser for the library, bid boxes and envelopes are available in each of the six libraries in the system. Bidders wanting a chance to throw and smash these displays will place their bid, in the form of a cash or personal check, into an envelope and place it into the box.

Displays to be smashed include themes such as “The Lorax,” “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” “Trick-or-Treating Minions from Despicable Me,” “Dr. Seuss,” a snowman and an ode to the “101 Dalmatians.”

“No one will know for sure how much has been bid by whom until the bids are drawn and tallied on Oct. 30,” Maurer-Enneking said.

All of the bids submitted will go toward the fall and winter children’s programs at each library.

“Bid $2, bid $20, bid $200, no one knows what the winning bid will be and, again, all monies bid are retained locally by your library location,” Maurer-Enneking said.

In addition, there will be extra pumpkins on hand the night of the event for all in attendance to bid on for the chance to throw them from the fire truck.

“So even if your bid doesn’t win, you’ll still want to come out for your chance,” Maurer-Enneking said. “Besides, it will surely be exciting to watch those pumpkins crash and smash on the ground.”