By Amy Woolvett
THE COAST GUARD
The pumpkins have been lovingly urged to grow in many of the community’s gardens this season as the festive gardeners vie for the heaviest pumpkin in the annual Pumpkin Weighing Contest Festival in Shelburne.
The event will once again take place at the King Street Timbermart in Shelburne on Saturday, Oct 9.
“The giant pumpkins will start arriving around 11:00 am and weighing will begin right away,” said Bob Sinden owner of the Timbermart that is sponsoring the event.
Prizes will be given for the first, second and third place for giant pumpkin and squash, a prize for best sportsman, biggest zucchini, tallest sunflower and prizes for children’s carving.
Beginning at 9:00 am that morning, the fun for the children will be continuing until 1:00 pm.
There will be lots of pumpkins to carve, inflatable bouncing platforms and Bubbles the Clown will be there to entertain the children.
Many fundraisers for local groups will be entwined into the event as well.
The BBQ proceeds will go towards the Sandy Point Lighthouse, the Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin game proceeds will go toward the Shelburne Regional High Schools (SRHS) basketball team and there will be money given to the SRHS boys basketball team for their help in pushing the giant pumpkins onto the scales.
The air cadets will be in attendance, watching to keep the children safe while they play and enjoy the festivities.
The event was threatened to stop running three years ago when a lack of support arose.
“Ok I’ll support it,” said Sinden. “It’s an expensive thing but it is worth it…I’m so happy to see the kids laughing and having a great time.”
He said that over time he would like to make the event even bigger yet.
“Next year we hope to give out free giant pumpkin seeds in the spring so that more people can compete,” he said.
A rain location will take place in the community center at the Shelburne fire hall.
After the event winds up at 1:00 pm, the fall festivities will continue for the second annual Harvest Fair at Islands Park from 1 to 6 pm.
Once there the trails will be lined with fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.
There will be scarecrow creations, a cake walk, a duck/deer calling contest, scavenger hunt, pumpkin piñata, weenie roast, face painting, a pie eating contest, and games like the archery shoot and sack and egg races. There will also be musical entertainment for all to enjoy.