Spalding is all set for its annual Pumpkin Festival today with nine hours of entertainment and excitement promised for families in the town centre.
Street entertainers, balloon artists, live music and the traditional Pumpkin Parade led by Spalding Flower Queen Inca Honnor are just some of the highlights expected to thrill visitors.
The event has been a fixture on the town’s calendar since 2000 and this year’s festival has been jointly organised by David Bowman Pumpkins, Spalding Welland Centenary Rotary Club, South Holland District Council, Spalding Lions, Tulip Radio and the Crescent Traders Association.
Mr Bowman said: “The festival started off as an idea from former town centre manager Bruce Wakeling which he came up with in the bar of the Red Lion Hotel, Spalding.
“I was asked by Bruce to donate some pumpkins to a few of the local schools and it’s gone from strength to strength ever since.
“This year, we’ve worked on the principle that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and I’m extremely proud to be associated with it.”
Spalding Lions will be running a children’s fancy dress competition in Market Place and Eileen Robson, chairman of the club’s youth team, said: “We’ve been associated with the festival since it started and I think it’s a really good event because it brings people together and there’s a nice, party atmosphere in town.”
Deputy council leader Nick Worth said: “This will be a great day out for all the family, with lots of unusual, healthy and fun activities to take part in, and one not to be missed.”
* The day starts from 11am with a street market full of pumpkin-themed stalls, cooking demonstrations, balloon artists and children’s games. Traders in The Crescent are running Hunt the One Direction Spiders and pumpkins in the windows competition before the live music begins in Market Place at 5pm and a children’s fancy dress competition gets under way at 5.30pm. Then at 6.30pm, the Pumpkin Parade starts from Sheep Market to Hall Place and the day is rounded off with fireworks at 7.30pm.