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  • Local Fundraising Opportunity
    May 12, 2019 | 0 comments

    Fundraising Opportunity!

    Exclusive to Saugeen Shores Organizations

    This summer spend a Wednesday at the Beach and earn $500 for your organization or club!

    WHAT: Aid the Beach Market organizers in set-up, admission collection and tear-down of one Wednesday Beach Market this summer

    WHEN:  10 Wednesday slots are available June 26 through August 28.  Successful groups will be assigned a Wednesday through a random lottery

    VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  *we are new at this too, and will learn as we go, but our best information suggests a mixture of Adults and Youth to cover 3 main tasks:  

    7am-10am-(at least 4) morning set-up team

    9am-4pm-(4-5) collect gate admissions of .25

    4pm-6pm-(at least 4) tear-down and clean up

    *note: local youth groups and/or initiatives will be given preference in the application process; depending on the stamina and wishes of your group the volunteers could be the same 8 people.


    DEDICATED BOOTH INCLUDED:  A free booth, well placed at the front of the market entrance, is included for you to educate, promote and/or consider further fundraising opportunities during your “market day”.  *Please insure you’ve made organizers aware, as some rules apply*

    SIGN US UP!  To be considered for this opportunity please complete the information below and email to:

    SUBJECT: Non-profit contract

    We are proud to offer this opportunity to local non-profit groups and organizations. 

    As the newly formed, stand-alone, non-profit organization “Port Elgin Pumpkinfest” we have been given the opportunity by the previous organizers and the Town to administer the Port Elgin Beach Market for 2019. Entering the 40th year of operating on the Port Elgin Beach, this market has exceeded the objectives of its creators, The Port Elgin Tourist Association, and has become a weekly destination for visitors and residents on Wednesdays in the summer months.  Putting our partnerships and community outreach first has always been a priority for Pumpkinfest and we hope your group can join us.  A day on the beach is not too hard to take!                                                      Contact:      519-389-3714                                       

    Happy 40th Anniversary to the Market!

    SIGN US UP!                            PORT ELGIN BEACH MARKET                                      519-389-3714

    GROUP/ORGANIZATION NAME: _______________________________________________________________________

    CONTACT PERSON: ____________________________________________ PHONE: ______________________________

    EMAIL: ______________________________________________________

    MAKE DONATION PAYABLE TO: _______________________________________________________________________



  • Summer Job Opportunity - Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Administrative Assistant - Join the Pumpkinfest Team!
    May 8, 2019 | 0 comments

    Work at the Port Elgin Beach this summer as the Port Elgin Pumpkinfest Administrative Assistant!  This is a full time summer position and is a wonderful opportunity for the right candidate.  
    This position is partially funded by the Canada Summer Jobs grant.  Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 30 years of age, be a Canadian citizen, and be eligible to work in Canada.

    The successful candidate will assist the Pumpkinfest Coordinator in logistics and administration of the organization and its objectives. Duties and responsibilities will include:

    • answering inquiries via phone, internet, social media and walk-ins to the office *
    • maintaining pumpkinfest vendor, attractions and car show databases and payments *
    • aid in social media posts and insights *
    • helping to update Beach Flea Market vendor database and process payments *
    • Create weekly Flea market map and communicate with vendors and organizing committee 
    • attend weekly Flea Market, promoting local events and Pumpkinfest 
    • become familiar with the non-profit co-op groups and their needs from the resource center, aid in the updating of that database
    • aid in logistical planning and equipment rental contracts for the Pumpkinfest event 
    • attend various meetings and industry events with the coordinator 
    • represent Port Elgin Pumpkinfest in a professional manner and help with administration of day to day office operations

    The successful candidate will be proficient in Microsoft Office programs, have an outgoing personalty and be comfortable working within a busy office environment.  The employee will work out of the Pumpkinfest Office a the beach. 100 Green Street in Port Elgin.

    All applications can be email to:

    ATTN: Joanne Robbins, Summer Job Opportunity;

    Call 519-389-3714 for further information

    We thank you for your interest.  Only succesful candidates will be contacted for interviews.

  • Pumpkinfest Moves Downtown - Back To It's Roots
    September 19, 2016 | 0 comments

    Story via Saugeen Shores Hub Staff

    The new downtown location for Port Elgin’s Pumpkinfest, October 1 and 2, has inspired new events and activities from community members that organizers hope will instil new memories and traditions for the October festival, now celebrating its 30th year.

    A Haunted House made possible by Bruce County Playhouse will be located in the basement of Maple Hall, which is now part of Pumpkinfest Village. The Missionary Church will be home to the Giant Vegetable weight-off as well as play host to the Shoreline Artists who will have their work displayed inside.

    Pending approval from Saugeen Shores Council, from the late hours of Friday, September 30 until Sunday night, October 2, areas of Mill Street to Gustavus Street and Hilker Street to the edge of Goderich Street, will be closed to those who have not purchased admission. However, Green Street to Bricker Street will be opened during the evenings after 6 p.m., to allow traffic to and from Allan’s Fireside Grill and the Port Elgin Legion. Only one residence will be affected by the closure, and the homeowners have signed-off with their approval.

    The festival will kick-off on Friday, September 30, with the annual PubKin Crawl, with transportation provided by Grey Bruce Airbus. Establishments involved in the Crawl are: The Wismer House, Duffy’s, Queen’s Bar & Grill, Boston Pizza and Chuck’s Roadhouse Bar and Grill. Tickets are $5 and will also act as admission to the two day festival.

    Admission to Pumpkinfest Village will be $5 for anyone over the age of 5, down from $10 per adult in previous years. Children 5 and under are free. And as in previous years, admission to the Cinderella’s Classic Car Show will remain free for all those who wish to attend.

    Mandy Sebok of Pumpkinfest said in a September 10 interview that growers and vendors are excited to be closer to downtown.

    “By eliminating the disconnect between the Cinderella's Classic Car Show and Pumpkinfest Village (formerly located at Saugeen District Secondary School) it has appealed to many of our vendors, growers and volunteers. Everyone has been very excited to see how these changes will allow for visitors to take in all components of the Festival, in a one stop location,” Sebok said.

    More events and activities are being finalized and will be announced closer to the Festival but Sebok said she is most exited to see the dedicated growers after a long year. “It is their efforts that really bring Pumpkinfest to life, every year the anticipation of the weigh-in and the friendly competition is really the best part of what we do.”

    Tickets for the PubKin Crawl will be sold at participating establishments as well as at Pumpkinfest Headquarters, the Port Elgin Visitor Centre on Goderich Street.

    T-shirts and sweaters commemorating the Festival’s 30th anniversary can be purchased online at ironpromotions.com or at the Festival.