For the seventh year running, Rogue is hosting the Killer Pumpkin Festival as part of Killer Beer Week. The event benefits Camp UKANDU, a non-profit that brings together kids living with cancer and their families by hosting a camp in Oregon each year.
On a sunny fall day in 2017, we served up pints of pumpkin ales and lagers with funny names, like Great Gourds of Fire and 'Excuse Me, Sir, You're Gonna Have to Check That'. There were 40 pumpkin beers on draft at the Rogue Eastside Pub & Pilot Brewery, in fact.
A couple thousand pumpkin fans -- some in Halloween costumes -- joined us to taste those beers. It was a full day of drinking, eating, painting, carving and smashing pumpkins. That's right: smashing. For just $2, guests could take their frustrations out on a pumpkin by wielding a sledgehammer and crushing one of our Rogue Farms pumpkins to bits.
By the end of the day, we'd raised $10,000 for Camp UKANDU, a camp for kids living with cancer and their brothers and sisters.
We've been raising money for Camp UKANDU through Killer Pumpkin Festival since 2013. Each year, a suggested donation at the door goes directly to the organization and every time someone picks up one of those sledgehammers to smash a pumpkin, the camp gets at least $2. On top of that, a portion of our sales also benefits the camp.
The money we raise helps fund programs held at Camp UKANDU for children who have been diagnosed with cancer as well as their brothers and sisters. For more than 30 years, the organization has hosted these kids every summer and given them a chance to just be kids. This past summer, around 130 campers, ages eight to 18, converged on Camp Collins in Gresham, Ore. for one week of "outrageous fun." Pediatric Oncologists and Oncology Nurses are on staff for those kids who need it and over 100 other volunteers are there to help so that these kids don't have to worry about their treatment while they climb rock walls, go horseback riding and cook s'mores over a fire.
According to Camp UKANDU, "We recognize that cancer impacts the entire family and we aim to provide parents and caregivers a respite from the physical, emotional and financial toll childhood cancer poses to families."
We're proud to help provide this haven for children with cancer and their families. Once again, the 2018 Killer Pumpkin Festival will benefit Camp UKANDU.
Join us on October 27, 2018 for a whole lotta pumpkin. We'll have [XX] pumpkin beers on tap once again along with pumpkin bowling and pumpkin decorating. Costume contests for kids, dogs and adults will be judged throughout the day. A menu full of pumpkin treats will be available to pair with any of your pumpkin beers as well. And don't miss your chance to smash a pumpkin with a sledgehammer -- it's for a good cause.