Annual festival celebrates its 30th year with two days of fall attractions, including vegetable weigh-offs an a classic car show
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- C$14 for festival admission for four (C$20 value)
On Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 Port Elgin hosts the 30th annual Pumpkinfest. The popular fall celebration is filled with fun, including family-friendly attractions, more than 100 vendors, an outdoor car show, and a pair of vegetable weigh-offs.
Everything was small about the first Pumpkinfest in 1986, from the 200-person crowd to the 250-pound pumpkin that won the weigh-off that year. Now, about 60,000 visitors head to the annual fall festival and the winning pumpkins weigh more than 1,700 pounds. Read on to learn more about how much the fest has grown over the years:
1992: This year, the fest increased from one to two days, and a second weigh-off competition was added on Sunday. The fest now has categories for largest pumpkin, squash, watermelon, and beet.
1995: A few years later, the fest added Cinderella's Carriage Classic Car Show into the mix and 120 cars lined the streets. Now, more than 1,200 vehicles participate.
2010s: The fest extended to Friday nights around this time with the Pub-Kin Crawl. During the crawl, of-age attendees hop on shuttle busses that whisk them to pubs in Port Elgin and Southampton.