COMMUNITY: Pumpkin Festival was a great success

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This year’s Spalding Pumpkin Festival has been hailed as a great success and may have attracted a record attendance.

Thousands of revellers packed into the town centre to enjoy an enchanting celebration of all things pumpkin on Friday.

Although final figures are still being counted, it is estimated that the event may have drawn more visitors than ever before.

Crowds were treated to a day of entertainment including live music, a charity market, craft workshops, cooking demonstrations and competitions.

The festival was rounded off with a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre.

Nick Worth, portfolio holder for community, said: “This year’s Spalding Pumpkin Festival was definitely one of the best.

“The event attracted large crowds to the town centre who enjoyed a fun-filled day of harvest-themed entertainment.

“We have already had lots of positive feedback from people who attended from all over the district and further afield.

“We would like to thank everyone who came along as well as those who helped organise, sponsor and run the event.”

The festivities were 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.

Mr Bowman, who is Europe’s largest producer of pumpkins, donated thousands of the fruit to schools and pupils carved and decorated them before taking their creations along.

Families flocked to watch the fancy dress competition where local children entered into three age categories.

The prize for the winner of the eldest category was to lead the lantern parade in the pumpkin coach.

Music lovers were treated to The Courgettes, who performed a menu of ska, jazz, swing and rock and roll.

Creative visitors enjoyed craft stalls which gave them a chance to make pumpkin themed artwork.

In the evening, there was live entertainment from local artists including Vibe Youth Choir, Bourne Borderers and Radius 45.

With pumpkins taking centre stage there were also recipes and cooking demonstrations.

South Holland District Council