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Monday, October 2, 2017

Great Weekend for 31st Annual Pumpkinfest

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

Huge pumpkins, a visit from Batman and a marriage proposal were some highlights.

Kelsey and Jim Bryson, International winners at Pumpkinfest 2017 
 
The 2017 edition of Pumpkinfest in Port Elgin will go down as one of the better ones, thanks to perfect weather over the weekend.
 
Thousands attended the festivities on both days with lineups for many of the activities.
 
Pumpkinfest coordinator and general manager of the Saugeen Shores Chamber of Commerce, Joanne Robbins, says it's been a while since they've had perfect weather for the event.
 
Robbins says it should translate into an economic impact for municipality of over 1.4-million-dollars.
 
She says highlights included the traditional car show and the pumpkin weigh off but she says having Batman and the Batmobile visit, was a fan favourite.
 
Robbins states, Batman was "very popular and he's fantastic with the kids and families."
 
She says they hope to re-book the super hero for next year's event as well.
 
Another first for Pumpkinfest was a marriage proposal.
 
Robbins explains a young man had "Will you marry me?" carved into the back of a pumpkin and surpised his girlfriend with it.
 
She said, "Yes."
 
Sunday's pumpkin weigh-off winner was Doug Fisher of Goderich with a 1337-pound entry.
 
Fisher tells Bayshore Broadcasting News, he was really excited with the win because he had no idea his pumpkin was that heavy.
 
For his efforts, Fisher takes home $1,000.
 
In the International weigh-off on Saturday, Jim Bryson of Ormstown, Quebec won the $3,000 prize with a 1760-pound entry.
 
The festival kicked off with the traditional pumpkin seed spitting contest Saturday morning.
 
Bragging rights this year go to the Deputy Mayor of Brockton, Dan
Gieruszak who propelled the seed 29-feet-5-inches.
 

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