Summer is in full swing and autumn may seem a long way away – but plans are already well under way for Spalding’s successful Pumpkin Parade.
Although the future of the parade has never been in doubt, organisers at South Holland District Council had been looking to put it out to tender to find a group interested in running it.
And a deal has now been secured with Boston Borough Council to use one of its community officers to organise the 2013 parade.
Deputy leader of the council Nick Worth said he hoped that arrangement would continue into the future to ensure the Pumpkin Parade stayed at the forefront of South Holland’s events calendar.
He said: “The community officer has been involved before and is fully knowledgeable about the event.
“She started working for us a couple of weeks ago now and she is doing all the arranging.
“The deal we have with Boston involves us sometimes helping them out when we are not busy and them helping us with events when they’re not busy.
“At the moment the arrangement is just for this year, but hopefully it will continue from year to year.
“The Pumpkin Parade is a big event for us and we are keen to hold on to it.”
This year’s event will follow a similar format to previous ones, although the headline band has been done away with, mainly in a bid to combat anti-social behaviour that has dogged some previous events.
It will be held on Friday, October 11 and as always local schools and groups will be encouraged to take part.
As in previous years, Spalding firm David Bowman Pumpkins will be providing thousands of pumpkins, and pupils at about a dozen schools will be invited to show off their carving skills before the big day.
David Bowman said: “I’m very pleased to be able to work with schools again to celebrate the pumpkin harvest and I’m looking forward to seeing what they come up with this year.”
Youngsters can then take their creations along and join in a pumpkin lantern parade on foot starting from the Sheep Market at 6.30pm.
The parade will be led by Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor and wind its way round the town, ending in Market Place.
The climax of the event will be a fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre.
There will be a charity market all day, street entertainment and activities.