Candles Ready For Sixth Annual Stratford Pumpkin Parade

Carved Pumpkins line both sides of Veterans Drive in Stratford during the 5th Annual Pumpkin Parade. (Photo contributed by the Stratford Civic Beautification & Environmental Awareness Committee)

If you’re in the Stratford area and looking for something to do with that used Halloween pumpkin that you spent time carving, then look no further.

The sixth annual Stratford Pumpkin Parade takes place this evening from 5pm to 9pm.

Pumpkins will be lined up along both sides of Veteran’s Drive near the band shell where they are then lit up and judged for prizes in different age categories.

The categories for pumpkin judging are under 5 years, 6-9 years, 10-14 years, and 15-99 years.

The event is freeĀ of charge and open to everyone.

And the good thing is, at the end of the night, the hundreds of pumpkins will not be thrown in the garbage or taken to landfill to rot.

“The nice thing about it is at the end of the night, we load them up, there’s about five big trucks that come in, we throw them on the trucks where we drive them out to a local farm and then for the next few months they are fed to Tamworth pigs,” says Carys Wyn Hughes, manager of community development.

Volunteers are still needed for tonight; anyone wishing to lend a hand can call Barb Hacking at (519)-949-0628.

Student volunteers are also welcome; those students who do volunteer will earn community service volunteer credit.

The Stratford Pumpkin Parade is a joint venture made possible through Communities in Bloom and the Civic Beautification and Environmental Awareness committees of Stratford.