Enumclaw organizing Friday Night Markets this month

The first market will be on Oct. 9 at the corner of Cole St. and Myrtle Ave.

Fall brings the end of Sundays on Cole, but to keep attracting people downtown, Enumclaw plans to host a new Friday Night Market.

The market, which is scheduled to start Oct. 9 and go through Oct. 30, will be set up on the west end of the vacant lot on Myrtle Avenue and Cole Street. It will run from 4 to 8 p.m.

Vendors will be under cover so shoppers don’t have to worry about the rain.

Additionally, the cold will be staved off by five propane fire pits that people can sit around, as Cole Street will be closed between Myrtle and Griffin Avenues.

Master pumpkin carver and Plateau local David Hauge will be present during the Oct. 9 and Oct. 30 markets giving a live carving demonstration.

Finally, on Halloween night, individuals and families can bring their own pumpkin carving downtown to be placed on Cole Street for a carving contest and “pumpkin walk”.

This competition, organized by City Councilmember Chance La Fleur, will have five different age categories: ages 5 to 8, 9 to 12, 13 to 16, 17 to 20, and 21-plus. Prizes will be given to the winners of each age group.

The 5 to 8 age group is encouraged to decorate their pumpkin with paint and other art supplies.

Check-in for the competition will be noon to 2 p.m. at the vacant lot on Cole and Myrtle, and judging will occur between 2 and 3 p.m. by La Fleur, Hauge, Enumclaw Mayor Jan Molinaro, Enumclaw Chamber CEO Troy Couch, and Courier-Herald Editor Ray Miller-Still.

Pumpkins can then be picked up after 3 p.m. or left downtown for people to enjoy during the evening. Any pumpkins left out after 9 p.m. will be disposed.