9/13/2017 12:30:26 PM

Oh my gourd!

Pumpkinfest is coming back to downtown Port Elgin on September 30th and October 1st, and they are celebrating their 31st year.

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest features two giant vegetable weigh-offs, one of Ontario's largest two day outdoor car shows, over 100 craft & marketplace vendors for all your shopping needs and tons of family fun attractions.

Officials moved the Pumpkinfest village from the grounds of Saugeen District Secondary School to downtown Port Elgin last year, and said it improved attendance by 17%.

Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce President Pier Donnini says organizers want to include the entire town in the Pumpkinfest committee in the future. He says more people means more idea generation, which will inevitably improve the quality of the event, and make it bigger and better than ever.


Saugeen Shores Council recently agreed to a $30,000 repayable loan that Pumpkinfest organizers could use if they run into any financial trouble this year and to help build upon the changes started last year.

Organizers say the plan is not to use the loan, but they are happy to know it is available if needed.

Though they did not break even last year, and this will be the first year that officials have asked for a loan from the town, the annual festival generates between $1 million and $1.4 million, and funds for 37 local non-for-profit groups.


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