Spalding’s annual celebration of horticulture and harvest will take place on Saturday 9 October this year, allowing more families to get involved with the festivities including craft activities, food and gift stalls, a sculpture trail and live entertainment.
South Holland District Council’s communities team will be running the event between 10am and 3pm in Spalding town centre, alongside the usual weekend outdoor market. Local charities, community groups and businesses will be taking part, and town centre shops will be joining in with the annual window dressing competition.
One new addition will be the Pumpkin Sculpture Trail, which will take people around the town showcasing the brilliant creations of local artist Jonathan Nicholls and sponsored by David Bowman. Visitors will also be encouraged to take part in a Scarecrow Competition, bringing their creations along for the chance to win a luxury hamper made up of items and gift vouchers from market traders.
A small stage will be in place with live performers, as well as roaming street entertainment including Polka Dot Pantomimes, special visiting stalls, a leaf globe providing autumnal photo opportunities, harvest themed arts and crafts and face painting.
The team will also be running their online Pumpkin Pets Competition, sponsored by Rookes. Entries will open on Friday 8 October and close on Friday 22, with public voting closing on Friday 29 October.
To allow the event to run safely the Market Place, Hall Place and the Sheep Market will be closed from 7am – 5pm on the day of the event. The Sheep Market car park will also be closed from the night before (Friday 8 October) to enable set-up of additional stalls. Local company Crusader Traffic are supporting the event for a donation to a local charity.
Councillor Gary Taylor, portfolio holder for communities and facilities, said: “It is great that we are able to hold a pumpkin celebration this year in Spalding town centre, and whilst it is still not able to take place as normal, the fantastic range of activities and entertainment on offer should still make it a great event for all the family.
“We hope that by having the event on a Saturday more people will be able to come to celebrate the District’s proud association with Harvest time, enjoy what’s on offer, and provide a welcome boost to our existing market stallholders and businesses.”