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  • Pumpkinfest is going On-Line in light of COVID-19!
    May 5, 2020 | 1 comment

    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 President Brad Scott, “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.”

    Press Communications should be directed to Pumpkinfest President Brad Scott at

    Other general inquiries should be directed to / 519-389-3714

  • Local Fundraising Opportunity
    May 4, 2020 | 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: _______________________________________________________________________



  • A Message Regarding COVID-19
    May 4, 2020 | 1 comment

    Port Elgin Pumpkinfest continues to closely monitor the rapidly evolving reports about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic. The health and safety of our staff, patrons, concessionaires, exhibitors, performers, partners and the community at large, are our top priorities.

    Pumpkinfest is working directly in consultation with municipal and provincial governments, along with the advice of public health agencies in preparations for the 2020 event (October 3rd). In all aspects of our collective entertainment experience, safety comes first at.

    Although our annual event is still five months away, we are deeply saddened by the direct and sudden impact of the virus on so many of our country’s great agricultural fairs, and our city’s vibrant festivals, events, attractions and businesses. We remain optimistic and have the utmost confidence in Ontarians, and the global effort to flatten the spread of this virus, that soon we will be able to come together again to enjoy all that our great province has to offer -- including the 34th Annual Port Elgin Pumpkinfest..