19th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival

Scarecrows on the Street to Benefit Local Food Bank

Scarecrows will soon do more than keep crows away from crops in the Spallumcheen area.

The 19th Annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival and the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring ‘Scarecrows on the Street’ where local businesses and residents can compete in creating a unique scarecrow display.

Display, window or property decorations should fit the ‘harvest’ theme and must include at least one handmade scarecrow – no size limitation

This year, the focus will again be to benefit the Armstrong food bank and judging will be ‘People’s Choice’.

Residents and visitors will pick up a map at the Armstrong Spallumcheen Visitor Centre beginning October 4th, visit participating locations, then vote by depositing a non-perishable food item in the tote located beside their favourite scarecrow.

All ‘votes’ must be in the donation totes by October 18th at 4pm. Winners will be announced October 22nd once the Armstrong Food Bank has tabulated the results.

“We encourage all businesses and residents to participate,” said Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce president Peter Rotzetter. “This is a great opportunity to support our local food bank while celebrating fall in our community and the downtown core.”

Harvest Pumpkin Festival is grateful to the Department of Canadian Heritage Building Communities Through Arts & Heritage for funding of this event which celebrates arts, culture and families that features fun for everyone.

‘Harvest Pumpkin Festival is a great showcase of our local culture including art, music, heritage and farming,’ adds Sean Newton, chamber vice president. ‘Friday October 11th will see the kickoff to a weekend of fun. Starting with the ‘Great Grilled Cheese’ competition, self-guided Barn Quilt Trail tours and voting for the ‘best’ Scarecrow in the Street.’

Family Day on October 12th includes the Armstrong Farmers Market, artisan demonstrations, art make & takes, Kinshira Performance Troupe, lawn tractor racing, the Great Pumpkin Catapult, petting zoo, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In, CycleKart Tour de Pumpkin, Pancake Breakfast, the Bug Guys, horse-drawn wagon rides and more.

The weekend finishes up with the Armstrong Demolition Derby Sunday October 13 and the Great Pumpkin Run & Walk on Monday October 14.

Entries are still being accepted for the Great Pumpkin Catapult and Scarecrows in the Street. Call the chamber 250 546 8155 or email staff@aschamber.com for details.

More information on the Harvest Pumpkin Festival can be found on the chamber’s website at www.aschamber.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/armstrongspallumcheen.ca/ under ‘events’. Watch for updates as additional activities and events are added.


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