Getting ready to paint the town orange
This weekend, the Waterford Lions and Lionesses present the 35th annual Pumpkinfest. So, get ready for some fun. The festival is a huge town-wide event that celebrates our community and helps raise funds for community projects.
From Oct. 13 to 15, Waterford will be adorned with all things pumpkin, as guests are invited to enjoy events and activities that offer something for all ages.
On Thursday morning, hundreds of hand-carved pumpkins, created by local school children, make their way to the pumpkin pyramids where they will remain throughout the weekend. Check out the talent and creativity that go into each one.
On Friday night, Pumpkinfest is welcomed with a big bang when the skies over the town light up with fireworks.
On Saturday morning, local dog owners are invited to bring their pets for a popular show that begins at 10 a.m. Registration is at 9:30 a.m.
A highlight of Saturday’s festivities is the annual parade, with local businessman and community supporter Bob Laning serving as parade marshal. Be sure to get a good spot on the streets as the parade heads down Main Street to Alice Street then over to St. James Street. Start time is 12:30 p.m.
For football lovers, the Pumpkin Bowl at Waterford District High School features the Waterford Wolves taking on Caledonia’s McKinnon Park Blue Devils. If fastball is your sport, check out the Simcoe Braves playing a double header against the Stouffville Storm on Diamond No. 2. Start times for both is 2 p.m. Saturday. And admission is free.
A highlight of Sunday’s festivities is the car show at the high school football field. Enthusiasts begin rolling in by 8 a.m. to line up their classics for all to enjoy.
Head over to Church Street and St. James to cheer soap box derby drivers as they test their driving skills. Races begin at 11 a.m.
There is so much to see and do and it is impossible to list it all here. So be sure you pick up your copy of the Pumpkinfest program.
Waterford Pumpkinfest gets underway Thursday with the pyramid of pumpkins carved by local students.