Get­ting ready to paint the town or­ange

Simcoe Reformer - Times-Reformer - - NEWS - BRENDA DREDGE Brenda Dredge is a free­lance writer who lives in Water­ford. E-mail her at brenda.dredge@sym­pa­

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.

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