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Monday, October 17, 2011

Millions from Pumpkinfest

Saugeen Shores | by John Divinski  

Survey shows this year's Pumpkinfest generated four million dollars in local economy.

It seems the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest has a huge impact on the local economy.

An Economic Impact Survey for the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce shows the event generates about 4 million dollars for the local economy.

Enigma Research Corporation says the estimate is based on attendance figures from gate receipts, the number of participants at the fairgrounds including vendors and sponsors, and the number of car show participants.

Enigma says it uses Police counts to determine number of visitors to the car show.

The economic impact survey finds that 36 per cent of the people going to Pumpkinfest this year were staying in a Motel, 24 per cent in private homes and 18 per cent rented a cottage.

Fewer than one per cent of the people taking in the weekend came from the U-S -- with nine per cent from the Greater Toronto area .

61 per cent of those going to Pumpkinfest live within 40 kilometres of Port Elgin and 23 per cent live in southwestern Ontario.

The impact survey shows 38 per cent of those at the festival had young children with them.

There were more women than men at Pumpkinfest, 57 per cent to 43 per cent.


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