Get ready for Spalding Pumpkin Festival

Eleanor Lloyd and Isabella Larsson with their fabulous pumpkin lantern. Photo: SG111013-179TW

Eleanor Lloyd and Isabella Larsson with their fabulous pumpkin lantern. Photo: SG111013-179TW

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The perfect reason to celebrate the onset of autumn is just around the corner – the annual Spalding Pumpkin Festival.

It takes place on Friday, October 3 and promises to be another spectacular community event, celebrating the local harvest of the pumpkin crop.

The festivities –which have been a popular date on the calendar for over a decade – are organised by South Holland District Council, sponsored by Spalding firm David Bowman Pumpkins Ltd and supported by the Spalding and Welland Rotary Club and Spalding Lions.

As always, local schools and groups are encouraged to take a big part in the run-up to the event and the parade itself.

Mr Bowman, who is Europe’s largest producer of pumpkins with two million grown each year, donates thousands of the fruit to schools and charities across the district in advance of the event.

Pupils then have fun carving and decorating them, with some schools holding competitions for the best creations.

Mr 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 are encouraged to take their creations along to the big day, with a pumpkin lantern parade on foot starting from Sheep Market at 6.30pm.

Led by the pumpkin coach with the winner of the fancy dress competition on board, the parade will wind its way around town centre streets before finishing in New Road.

The climax of the night is a fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre.

There will be a charity market, street entertainment, activities and competitions throughout the day.

And, of course – with pumpkins taking centre stage – there will be ideas, recipes and cooking demonstrations on how to get the best out of the tasty treat for you to try when you get home.