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Acton Hosts Second Annual Pumpkin Promenade

Carving a pumpkin for one night of enjoyment is a lot of work, or at least, that is how the organizers of the Pumpkin Promenade feel which lead to the creation of the event. One organizer, Carolyn Elston-Ryder says, “We envisioned a free community event that could be inclusive of everyone, provide some entertainment and community spirit. It also keeps pumpkins out of the landfill added bonus.”

She describes the small organizing committee (Sarah Brophy Platts, Chris Cassey and Carolyn Elston-Ryder) as “a team with vision and get it done attitude that makes this sort event possible! “

Held each year on the evening of November 1 at the Acton Town Hall, this event invites everyone in the community to drop off their pumpkins during the day. The organizers and volunteers put them all on display and safely light them with LED’s. Everyone is invited to see the display that evening, held between 630-8pm.

This year the event added live entertainment by Harry Rudolfs, an Instagram worthy balloon arch, and churros and hot chocolate from The Mexican Way and sponsored by Sarah Brophy-Platts of Royal LePage Escarpment. The event saw the return of Acton’s favourite T-rex as our first aid attendant and an amazing display of pumpkins.

There were over 500 people in attendance, more than 300 pumpkins on display, and at least 270 churros were served.

All the pumpkins are loaded up at the end of the night and delivered to Cody’s Cows for livestock feed.

Elston-Ryder says she was “so overwhelmed by our community”, she continued “thank you so much to everyone who brought pumpkins, what talent we have here in Acton. To those who came out to see the pumpkins and enjoy a sweet treat along with some live music. “

The organizers also wish to thank the Acton Town Hall Centre for once again providing a magnificent back drop to the event. For those who do not know, the building is not town operated, but is completely run by Heritage Acton, a group of dedicated volunteers. They also thank the Mexican Way for helping keep everyone warm and fed, and all the volunteers, without whom the event could not run!

See you next year Acton!

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