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This weekend, East Commons Park saw about 1,500 children, 3,500 adults and 20,000 pounds of pumpkins for the Northside’s 20th annual Pumpkinfest.
Pumpkin Fest is the largest annual children’s festival in the Northside that provides affordable fun for kids and a long list of resources available to parents.
This year’s activities included the traditional pumpkin decorating contest, as well as pony-rides, a petting zoo, a giant inflatable slide, a Velcro wall and train rides.
“It’s really a fun festival,” said organizer Barbara Burns. “Everyone is really appreciative of the effort that is made for it.”
Over its 20 year lifespan, Burns said the biggest difference between the Pumpkinfest of 1991 and the one they’re planning this year is simply size. The activities are more or less the same, though Burns noted that some of the activities this year were geared at older children as well as their usual 4 to 5-year-old demographic. Burns also said that this year the festival had more space, which resulted in less lost children.
The first Pumpkinfest in 1991 saw between 100 to 200 kids and their families, a far cry from the 5,000 people who occupied East Park this year. But Burns doesn’t mind the crowds.
“I think it’s a perfect environment,” said Burns who appreciated the sunny, warm weather this year’s festival had as well.