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Welcome to Pumpkinfest

Honourable Mayor Mike Smith

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you and your family to Port Elgin Pumpkinfest on behalf of the citizens of Saugeen Shores.

2017 marks the 31st anniversary of the festival which has become one of Ontario's top events, winning numerous awards. Garnering worldwide attention for its world record-setting giant vegetables and large classic car show, Port Elgin Pumpkinfest attracts crowds of up to 60,000 over the two days and generates an economic impact of close to $5 million in the region.

Congratulations to the organizing committee and especially to the volunteers, whose tireless dedication make this community event so successful. Your hard work and devotion is greatly appreciated. A special thank you goes out to the generous businesses who are involved in the festival in a sponsorship capacity.

To our visitors: we hope you will have a pleasant experience in Saugeen Shores. Please enjoy all that Port Elgin Pumpkinfest has to offer- from giant vegetables to fantastic family entertainment at Pumpkinfest Village and  Cinderella's Carriage Classic Car Show in downtown Port Elgin.

See you at Pumpkinfest!

Saugeen Shores Mayor
Mike Smith


From the Pumpkinfest Chairman:

Brad Scott

On behalf of the Pumpkinfest Board of Directors I'd like to wish you a GIANT Welcome to Pumpkinfest 2017!

After months of planning and organizing we're delighted this special weekend jammed with family fun opportunities is here once again. To our local community and our first time and returning visitors we invite you to take in everything this year's festival has to offer. Grab a seat to watch the vegetable weigh-off – the excitement as those giants are maneuvered to the scales is not to be missed. Meander through the streets of our downtown taking in one of Ontario's largest 2 day outdoor car shows. Find that inspiring gift or unique item for yourself at the ever-popular Artist's Village and Craft show.

Did you know that Port Elgin Pumpkinfest started out as a Weigh-Off only in Coulter Parkette on the corner of Goderich and Green Streets in Downtown Port Elgin!?  Well it’s true! Come celebrate our 31st Anniversary in our Downtown Core!!  So come on Downtown and see the Weigh-Off inside the Missionary Church, listen to our Stars on the Bruce Telecom Harvest Star Search Stage, visit the Craft Show and Eastlink Marketplace in the Port Elgin Missionary Church and the Municipal Lots behind the Queens, Check out the Carnival Rides across from the Missionary Church and of course make sure to visit all of our LOCAL vendors and restaurants to see what great things they have in store for you as you meander through the NEW, BIGGER than EVER Pumpkinfest Village!

Returning this year will be some of our favourite attractions from the past including:  Little Tracks Petting Zoo, this attraction features up to 30 farm animals including Donkeys, Goats, and Chinchillas! Parents can sit and relax while watching the little ones make their way through the labyrinth that is our straw-bale maze. OPG’s Environmental Tent will once again feature interactive learning from Elephant Thoughts, and we are happy to welcome Adam Martin back this year to do some amazing professional Pumpkin Carvings over the two-day event so be sure to them out!  Joining us both onsite and on stage will be Tim the Puppet Tamer presenting ‘The Petit Chef.” Rooted in the traditions of Clown, Circus and Improvisation the Puppet Tamer show brings the best in live theatre to life and last but never least we’re pleased to announce the return of the Bruce County Playhouse Haunted House!  Be prepared to be chilled to the bone and scared out of your skin as you make your way through our own spooky haunted house!

What’s new this year?  GC Houston Public School will be the Official Supplier of Pumpkin Pie!!  Stop by their booth at the weigh-off to get your piece of heaven with a hint of pumpkin! Need some refreshments?   Then stop on by the Queens Bar & Grill refreshment tent to have a seat and enjoy some food from one of our AMAZING food vendors and some cold refreshments from the Queens!  Stick around throughout the day and later into the evening to enjoy some of the entertainment that will be rocking this tent!

Port Elgin Pumpkinfest, consistently one of Ontario's Top 100 Events, is truly a community event. It takes the contributions of a wonderful team of staff, generous donations from sponsors, our hardworking and dedicated volunteers and a HUGE amount of community support to make this event a success. To each individual and group involved I say thank you, we truly couldn't do it without you.

Whether this is your first or 31st time attending Port Elgin's award winning festival, we invite you enjoy the weekend. You're sure to come away with enough good memories to fill a giant pumpkin. 

See you in the streets!

Brad Scott
Chair, Pumpkinfest 2017