Vendors, craft lovers pack popular Pumpkinfest



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A Western Secondary School tradition continued over the weekend as crafters and craft lovers converged for the annual Pumpkinfest.

The school’s annual fundraiser, which can bring in upwards of $10,000 in an average year for student activities at the school, was held this past Saturday and  Sunday. It has been running for over 25 years.

Teacher and event organizer Samantha Thomas said a total of 108 vendors participated this year.

“That’s full,” she said.

There were also booths from the various departments at the school including student council, baking and kitchen services, adapted basic among others.

“It’s our biggest fundraiser for the school,” she said. “Everybody tells me it’s the best organized craft show.”

Vendors came from as far as Waterloo, she said.

While the event is advertised to crafters, word-of-mouth advertising also has allowed Pumpkinfest to grow, Thomas pointed out. Vendors tell each other about the event and that leads to more people wanting to participate.

Entertainment is also featured throughout the weekend, said Thomas, adding that some people in the neighbourhood have been known to come in, grab a bite to eat and just listen to the entertainment.

Bev Keller of Grand Bend said she was in a show in Windsor when she was told about Pumpkinfest. Although not in this area often, she decided to come down for this craft show and believes she’ll be back again.

“It’s good. It has lots of vendors,” she said.

Kim Hawco came in from Chatham where she works for Red Diamond Beernuts. For Hawco, it proved extra-special as Western Secondary School is her old high school.

“It looks exactly the same,” she said.

Hawco was impressed by Pumpkinfest.

“It’s great,” she said, “a lot of people.”

Susan Garrett of Harrow said she had been to Pumpkinfest as a guest and decided it would be great place to be a vendor as well. Garrett was using a 100-year-old antique sock maker as part of her area.

“This is a great venue,” she said. “I love it. It’s for the kids too.”

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