Pumpkinfest is coming to town

Celebrating pumpkins and embracing fall is something those in the town of Waterford, Ont. can get behind.


Waterford’s Pumpkinfest runs Oct. 13 to 15 and organizers are proud to announce the festival has been selected as one of the top 100 festivals in the province. This year marks the 41st anniversary of the festival.


“This in an incredible honour and we couldn’t have achieved it without our amazing community of supports. Thank you for helping to make our festival such a special event year after year,” said a March release.


Organizers are excited to celebrate the festival with classic events including, the parade, lottery, marketplace, car show, midway, fireworks, live music and much more.


“We can’t wait to celebrate with you all at this year’s festival,” reads the release. “Get ready for an unforgettable experience filled with music, food, and fun for the whole family. Don’t forget to mark your calendars and invite your friends and family to join in on the festivities.”


During the event, Pumpkinfest volunteers are extremely busy and may not be able to return all questions on social media right away. Here are some FAQS about the upcoming festival and how to plan your visit.


Who puts on Pumpkinfest?

The Waterford Lions, a local fully not-for-profit service group, host Waterford’s Pumpkinfest event and all members of the Pumpkinfest crew are volunteers. Read more about what the funds raised by the event support.


How can I provide feedback about Pumpkinfest?

Have an idea, suggestion or feedback? Email us at pumpkinfest@pumpkinfest.com.


How much does Pumpkinfest cost?

Most events and activities are free; however, donations are encouraged to help keep Pumpkinfest going. An entry fee is required for the Spookhouse.


How can I make a donation to Pumpkinfest?

Making a donation is easy and is a great way to help Pumpkinfest continue and grow each year. Volunteers will have buckets at the fireworks and parade to accept cash and also gladly accept e-transfer donations to pumpkinfest@pumpkinfest.com or via sponsorship program.


Where can I park?

Parking is available on side streets during Pumpkinfest events. During the fireworks cars can park on the field behind Waterford High School.


Where is wheelchair parking?

Limited accessible wheelchair parking will be designated along the South side of East Church Street. There is also accessible parking along Alice Street.


Can I bring my dog to Pumpkinfest events?

Yes, well-behaved dogs are welcome at outdoor events. Please keep dogs on a leash at all times and consider other patrons at the event and always clean up your dog’s waste.


What are the hours for events and activities?

Check out the website and activity schedule for start and end times for all events.


How do I buy tickets for the midway?

Tickets for midway rides and games are available at the midway on Alice Street.


Is there a charge to enter the Craft Beer Garden?

Entry to the Craft Beer Garden is free.


Is there a bank machine available at Pumpkinfest?

Yes, an ATM will be near the Beer Gardens at the Pumpkinfest Festival site on East Church Street.


Can I buy Pumpkinfest clothing?

Visit the clothing page on the festival’s website for where and when you can purchase official Pumpkinfest clothing.


Are washrooms available?

Portable toilets are available around the festival site.


Are there baby-changing spaces available?

Visitors can find baby-changing spaces in the Waterford Tricenturena arena at the main festival site.


Are there road closures during the p arade?

All roads crossing the parade route will be closed starting at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 14. Roads will reopen after the parade, estimated to be around 2 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. St. James Street is closed for the Soapbox Derby on Sunday. Church Street between Main and Duncombe will be closed all weekend.


Where are the best places for kids?

There are lots of events over the weekend for kids, including the Kids Zone, Learning with Lexi, Flying Furballs and Lucas Wilson. Check out the schedule for all Pumpkinfest events.


What food vendors will be at Pumpkinfest?

A variety of festival food is available at the main festival site.


Where can I find pumpkin pie and ice cream?

While there is no official Pumpkinfest pie or ice cream, restaurants around town offer many pumpkin-themed treats. Kerry’s St James Eatery will be selling homemade pumpkin muffins, pie and ice cream.


Can I bring my own food and drink?

Yes; however, please do not bring alcohol to the festival site.

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