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Monday, October 7, 2019

Another Successful Pumpkinfest Weekend

Port Elgin | by John Divinski  

Organizers say the economic impact to the community could hit the $5 million mark.

Courtesy Port Elgin Pumpkinfest 

The award-winning Port Elgin Pumpkinfest can chalk up another successful year.

Event coordinator Joanne Robbins, tired but pleased, didn't have final attendance numbers but wouldn't be surprised if they're up from last year.

Tens of thousands jammed into the downtown area to take in everything from the car show and night time concert, to the pumpkin weigh offs and the amusement ride area.

Robbins says highlights, other than the weigh-offs included Brampton Batman and the Batmobile, the giant ferris wheel which was a new attraction and generally the whole kids area with plenty of rides.

She expects the economic impact to the community for the two-day event plus Friday night's "Pub-kin Crawl" will hit the 5-million-dollar mark, up from 4.2-million a year ago.

The main attraction is the pumpkin and vegetable weigh-offs and on Sunday, Jeff Warner of Englehart, Ontario was the winner with a 1500.5-pound pumpkin.

Saturday's international pumpkin weigh-off was won by Jane and Phil Hunt of Cameron, Ontario with a weight of 1771.5 pounds.

It's believed a North American record was set in the Sunflower category when John Butler of St. Thomas brought in a 27-foot-8-inch plant.

The two days of activities were kicked off with the pumpkin seed spitting contest, won this year by a media person, Jordan MacKinnon of Kincardine.

He spit the seed 33-feet-2-inches for a new record.

The results of all weigh-offs in different categories can be found at pumpkinfest.org

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