Port Elgin Pumpkinfest to host 36th annual event

The 36th annual Port Elgin Pumpkinfest returns this October!

Saugeen Shores Mayor, Luke Charbonneau, says he’s looking forward to the return of the festival after two years of pandemic restrictions. 

“I’m excited to see it coming back. It’s always an awesome event and we’re hoping for a 2000 pound pumpkin to come in! I’m excited for the Midway and the car show, and all of the other great things that happen at Pumpkinfest,” said Charbonneau. 

He says it takes a lot of planning, and a lot of people to pull off one of Ontario’s most “unique” festivals, and organizers have the full support of the town behind them. 

“[Council] certainly will be supporting the event in every way that we can. And certainly the call goes out to the community as well to volunteer for the event. Just go to [their website] and you can sign up to help out as an individual too,” he added. 

Charbonneau says it’s fun for the whole family, but he has a few things he’s most looking forward to. 

“It is still the largest two day car show in Ontario. It’s a massive car show so if you love classic cars, I mean, there’s really no better place to go. And of course, seeing those pumpkins! There aren’t very many big weigh-off sites for giant pumpkins that you can go to,” said Charbonneau. 

The festival runs October 1st and 2nd in Port Elgin. 

For more information head to Pumpkinfest‘s website.