The 33rd annual Pumpkinfest is just around the corner and organizers say it will be bigger and better than ever.
The award-winning festival is set to go Saturday and Sunday, September 29th and 30th, with a kick-off pub crawl on Friday, September 28th.
Pumpkinfest committee vice-chair Dave Mencher was at Saugeen Shores Committee of the Whole, September 10th, inviting the entire community to take in the festivities.
Mencher says the core events such as the giant pumpkin weigh-offs and over 1,200 cars and motorcycles on display at Cinderella's Carriage Car Show, will be the staples again.
A pumpkin site record of 2,000 pounds is on the books and they're hoping to break that record this year.
In addition, Mencher says there have been rumours about a giant tomato on the way but nothing is confirmed at this point.
Besides the traditional events, there is much more to take in.
For one, Brampton Batman and the Batmobile are making a return visit.
With tongue in cheek, Mencher says when you have 30,000 people visiting Pumpkinfest in downtown Port Elgin, "security" is sometimes an issue and it's good to have the caped crusader looking out for the visitors.
Couple of other exciting things for the kids as well this year.
The new PJ Party will take place on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8pm at the weigh-off arena, after the giant pumpkins are off the stage.
Mencher says there will be a ventriloquist puppet show, videos, popcorn and fun crafts for the kids.
Also, the Saugeen Shores Fire Department will be getting into the act with displays and a Junior Fire Fit Challenge for the kids at its Port Elgin station on Emma Street.
Mencher says the kids will be outfitted in full firefighter gear and will be running an obstacle course and running through a culvert dragging a fire hose, in their quest to recuse a teddy bear.
He says, there will be non-stop action at the downtown Pumpkinfest site for people of all ages.
The celebration has an economic benefit to the town as well.
In 2017, an estimated crowd of 30,000 resulted in a local economic impact of a little over 2.4-million-dollars for local businesses and organizations during the weekend event.
Admission wrist bands for this year are on sale now at Southampton Olive Oil Company, Cathy's Flowers and Ralph's Hiway Shopette in Port Elgin.
For more information on Pumpkinfest, you can log onto pumpkinfest.org