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Spalding's annual celebration of pumpkins, horticulture and harvest will kick off this weekend

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Spalding will kick off its annual celebration of horticulture and harvest this weekend.

On Saturday (October 9), families will be invited to get involved with the festivities on offer, which will be organised by South Holland District Council’s communities team.

They will include craft stall activities, food and gift stalls, a sculpture trail and live entertainment.

A previous Spalding pumpkin parade
A previous Spalding pumpkin parade

The big day will start at 10am in Spalding town centre and will run until 3pm, with the usual weekend outdoor market still taking place.

Local charities, community groups and businesses will be joining in on the fun with their annual window dressing competition.

Coun Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “It is great that we are able to hold a pumpkin celebration this year in Spalding town centre, and whilst it is still not able to take place as normal, the fantastic range of activities and entertainment on offer should still make it a great event for all the family.

“We hope that by having the event on a Saturday more people will be able to come to celebrate the district’s proud association with harvest time, enjoy what’s on offer, and provide a welcome boost to our existing market stallholders and businesses.”

The pumpkin sculpture trail will take people across the town, showcasing the brilliant creations of local artist Jonathon Nicholls.

It will be sponsored by David Bowman, while visitors will also be encouraged to take part in a scarecrow competition.

They will be encouraged to bring along their creations to be in with a chance of winning a luxury hamper, which will be made up of items and gift vouchers from market traders.

A small stage will be in place for live performers, while roaming street performers will be on hand too.

They will include Polka Dot Pantomimes, a leaf globe providing autumnal photo opportunities, harvest themed arts and face painting.

For more information visit www.sholland.gov.uk

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