Photo Credit: City of St. Catharines
The annual fall celebration, Pumpkinville, has come around to St. Catharines once again. This year the event has returned in a modified format to address safety concerns and restrictions related to COVID-19.
Some of these modifications are that the event has moved from its traditional location at Happy Rolph’s and won’t feature its usual vendors, bouncy castles, animals, free pumpkins and pumpkin decorating contest. However, there are still a number of fall-themed events that are planned to take place as part of the festivities.
This year’s online and in-person activities will turn Pumpkinville into a two-week celebration with crafts, a colouring contest and a St. Catharines Farmers Market takeover.
“Pumpkinville is a beloved event for families across the City and we wanted to continue that,” said Brianne Wilson, Community and Events Supervisor. “Our staff have worked hard to ensure the event returns in a manner that protects everyone’s health while capturing the fun and excitement of years past.”
This year’s celebration will see Pumpkinville taking over the St. Catharines Farmers Market at 91 King Street on October 3 to 17 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Interested families will also be able to take fall-themed portraits with Betty Lou Photography’s on-site touchless photo booth. To help limit the spread of COVID-19, the city has asked that only members of the same household take photos together. Families are still able to support local farmers while they are at the location by purchasing pumpkins at the market for a small fee.
Visitors can also grab a take-home fall craft kit from Dena’s Discovery Table or pick up a colouring page for this year’s Pumpkinville online colouring contest. Participants can take a photo of their completed physical colouring page to post online as their entry. Pages will also be available online.
This year’s celebration will also feature a Make Your Mask contest, inviting kids to decorate face masks and submit photos on the Pumpkinville website for a chance to win.
“It’s a chance for kids and families to have fun with the face coverings that have become a part of everyday life,” said Wilson.
It is important to remember that masks remain mandatory for the celebration’s in-person events. Additionally, participants are encouraged to observe all municipal and provincial health regulations as they engage with the event.
Both the colouring and mask contests run from Oct. 3 to Oct. 17. Entries can be submitted online at www.engageSTC.ca/Pumpkinville. For more information on Pumpkinville 2020, interested individuals are encouraged to visit www.stcatharines.ca/Pumpkinville.