Prepare for Spalding’s pumpkin parade

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There is plenty of excitement to look forward to at this year’s Spalding Pumpkin Festival.

The popular annual event, sponsored by David Bowman Pumpkins Ltd, takes place on Friday, October 3 and promises to be another spectacular community celebration with many chances for young people to take part.

The ever popular Spalding Lions fancy dress competition takes place in the Market Place main stage at 5.30pm and there are three categories (up to 4, 5-8s and 9-12s). This year’s prize in the 9-12 year category is to ride in the Pumpkin Carriage that leads the parade, accompanied by an adult.

Fancy dresses should reflect the festival’s theme, a celebration of ‘Local Horticulture and Harvest’.

Young people are encouraged to take their spooky creations along to the pumpkin lantern parade starting from Sheep Market at 6.30pm. Led by the Pumpkin Coach with the fancy dress competition winner 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 South Holland Centre.

The town hosts a charity market, street entertainment, activities and competitions plus pumpkin cooking demonstrations. Tulip Radio will be compering through the day.