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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Pumpkinfest Looking for Non-Profits to Help Host Flea Market

Saugeen Shores | by Megan Johnson  

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest is taking over the Port Elgin Beach Flea Market and is looking for local non-profits to assist.

Connie Barker (left) Dave Mensher and Joanne Robbins of Port Elgin Pumpkinfest March 25. 

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest is taking over the Port Elgin Beach Flea Market and is looking for local non-profits to assist.

Pumpkinfest Coordinator Joanne Robbins says their recent non-profit status allows them to do any kind of fundraising or hold a variety of community events.

"With the Port Elgin Tourist Association folding, they asked us if we would like to take over and we said 'yes' because we're busy people and like to do things for the Town," says Robbins.

She says Pumpkinfest is looking for ten non-profit groups to help set-up the weekly event held Wednesdays during the summer. "The $500 that was paid to a private person each week, will now go to the non-profit group."

Robbins says so far they've received "expressions of interest" from two local youth groups.

On May 1, she will be at the Saugeen Shores Volunteer Fair with a sign-up sheet for groups who are interested. If more than ten sign-up a lottery system will be put in place. She says special attention will go to youth groups.

The cost for entry will be still be 25 cents, "you won't see a lot of other changes," says Robbins who is excited to be a part of "Market Day in Port Elgin".

The downtown Port Elgin Farmers Market also takes place on Wednesday's during the summer season.

"Most people go to both, and it complements the Beach Market."

The flea market runs every Wednesday starting June 26th.

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