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    August 14, 2020 | 0 comments

    Saugeen Shores, ON

    For the 34th year running, the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Bruce Power International Weigh-off will continue uninterrupted by the ongoing pandemic.

    “While this year has brought some challenges, our committees have put a solid plan in place to continue our much-loved event while maintaining the safety of our staff, volunteers and growers”, noted Pumpkinfest President Dave Mensher.  Social distancing will be maintained with mandatory mask use and a directional traffic plan for the weigh-off.

    “With the exceptional weather we’ve had, and the limited number of events this year, this may be the year that we see some long-standing records shattered”, said grower committee chair, Doug Court.

    “Our growers have been loyal to Pumpkinfest year after year and recognize us as one of the premier events in Ontario, Canada and World-Wide, so we wanted to ensure that we could provide a safe venue for our growers to showcase their prize-winning entries in 2020 when many other events have been cancelled.”

    New this year, the weigh-off and other events will be broadcast live on Saturday, October 3rd at pumpkinfest.org for viewers to experience Pumpkinfest from the safety of their homes.  There will be no public attendance or street festival.

    “I’ve been really impressed by the creativity our committees have demonstrated this year to enhance Pumpkinfest ” said Dave Mensher.  “Our Cinderella’s Carriage Car Show will be rolling through Grey-Bruce on Sunday, October 4th to bring the event to our audience while maintaining safety.”

    Port Elgin Pumpkinfest is an award-winning community festival, contributing to Saugeen Shores year after year as it attracts residents as well as visitors from far beyond the community.

    For more information please visit pumpkinfest.org.

    The Prize Structure can be found at https://www.pumpkinfest.org/giant-vegetables/prize-list/


  • Pumpkinfest is going On-Line in light of COVID-19!
    July 1, 2020 | 3 comments

    The Pumpkinfest Board of Directors is proud to announce that Pumpkinfest 2020 is going ahead! It will take place on Oct 3rd, as originally planned, but it will have some special modifications.

    It will not look like it has in the past! Working closely with the Grey-Bruce Health Unit and the Municipal and Provincial governments we will meet all guidelines and recommendations while we continue to offer this great festival experience in a new way.

    This year’s event will be presented as a web-based streaming event that continues to feature our famous International Giant Vegetable Weigh-Off! Additional events will be added as the committees meet and start to format the new attractions and events.

    “I’m proud of the Pumpkinfest Board members for being so proactive and thoughtful in their decision” states coordinator, Joanne Robbins “amidst a number of event cancellations they are moving forward with excitement and enthusiasm and are confident we can deliver a fantastic event while staying socially responsible.”

    General inquiries should be directed to / 519-389-3714

  • Annual Summer Port Elgin Beach Market called off due to COVID-19.
    June 11, 2020 | 0 comments

    Saugeen Shores, Ontario

    The Port Elgin Beach Market Committee and the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Team have made the challenging decision to cancel the seasonal Wednesday Beach Market for 2020. 

    The health and safety of our many vendors, volunteers, residents, and countless visitors is paramount to the committee.  Taking these factors into consideration, it has become apparent that we are unable to continue this summer with the traditional beach market.

    Beach Market chair, Connie Barker states, “I’m proud of the committee for taking this step.  It was a hard decision, but weighing all facts and health concerns, it is just not socially responsible to move forward this year.  I encourage everyone to support our two downtown BIA’s and shop local.”

    The team will work along side the Municipality to monitor the ongoing situation and are open to evaluate other opportunities for the beach area should the situation change, and we can guarantee the health and safety of all.

    On behalf of the committee we thank our volunteers, vendors residents and visitors for your dedication and support over the 40 years the market has been running.  We are already looking forward to your return in 2021. 


    Port Elgin Beach Market