Spalding’s annual pumpkin parade back for another day and night of fun

Lewis Nicholls carves pumpkins at last year's event
Lewis Nicholls carves pumpkins at last year's event
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Families are set to flock to Spalding for an enchanting autumnal experience next month.

The massively popular Spalding Pumpkin Festival takes place on Friday, October 9 and promises to be another spectacular day out.

The festival is one of the highlights of our events calendar and always proves an enjoyable experience for people of all ages

Coun Gary Taylor

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

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for community, said: “The festival is one of the highlights of our events calendar and always proves an enjoyable experience for people of all ages.”

Local schools and groups are encouraged to take part in the build-up and festival itself.

Mr Bowman, who is 
Europe’s largest producer of pumpkins, donates thousands of the squash to schools and pupils can carve and decorate them before taking their creepy creations along to the big day.

Families can join in the fancy dress competition where one lucky winner will lead the enchanting lantern parade in the magical pumpkin coach. Make sure your outfit reflects the event’s theme of pumpkins, horticulture and harvest. So come along and join the main event of the day’s festivities which starts at 6.30pm.

The festival will also feature a variety of daytime entertainment from 11am, including a charity market, street entertainment, activities and competitions.

Pop along to the craft workshops by Creation Station to produce a piece of pumpkin-themed artwork that you can wear, carry or wave in the parade.

In the evening, there will be live entertainment from local artists including Diamondz DG, The Bourne Borderers and Zebra.

With pumpkins taking centre stage there will be cooking demonstrations throughout the day, giving visitors a chance to pick up recipes and cooking tips for soups, hotpots, and cakes.

The climax is a spectacular fireworks display from the top of the South Holland Centre at 7.30pm.

Announcements on road closures in Spalding on October 9 will be made shortly.

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