Family-fun to be had during Petrolia Harvest Days

Best overall pumpkin (age 16 plus) in Petrolia's first annual pumpkin carving contest (Submitted photo)

A Fall event that launched in Petrolia last year is back with a list of activities local families can enjoy.

The Town is once again hosting a series of events through Petrolia Harvest Days. Director of Marketing, Arts, and Communications Laurissa Ellsworth said the initiative started in 2020 as a way to get people out of the house and to make up for the postponement of the annual Petrolia Harvestfest.

“In the last 10 years or so, we haven’t had much in the way of a harvest event for youth and for families,” she said. “Bringing this event around for kids, having the pumpkin carving contest and stuff like that, has been very popular.”

However, with the return of one event, another has been postponed again. The fourth annual Petrolia Harvestfest has been pushed to 2022.

“We wanted to proceed with the event but it’s a family-style dining event where 12 people sit at a table together and basically pass the bowl of veggies around and share in the same meal,” said Ellsworth. “Right now, with the COVID-19 restrictions that was definitely out the window.”

Ellsworth said limited capacity was also a factor for the town not being able to host Havestfest this year. Instead, residents are encouraged to spend money that would have been used for the event at a local restaurant.

It’s hoped that Harvesfest will proceed as planned next year, and if so, it will likely not affect Harvest Days from returning for a third year.

Through Harvest Days, families can see the Scarecrow Festival in Victoria Park through to October 13. Residents can also have a family photo taken with scarecrows by the Petrolia Community Services Advisory Committee on September 25 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m.

A Thanksgiving draw is also being held. Ballots will be available at the Petrolia Farmers’ Market from September 25 until October 2. A winner will be announced on October 2 at noon.

Lastly, a carved pumpkin contest will be held on October 9. Ellsworth said last year’s contest saw nearly 40 submissions from people of all ages.

“Someone carved Victoria Hall (the national heritage site), a lot of the really young guys did a lot of painting and a lot of glitter,” said Ellsworth. “Some people added props, things like flashing lights. Someone made a little pumpkin house with a little pumpkin coming out the front door — they were pretty creative.”

Participants are asked to submit a carved pumpkin between 9 a.m. and 12 p.m. and they will be on display in Victoria Park at the Petrolia Library from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. Lights for the pumpkins will be provided and a winner will be announced on October 12.

Further details can be found by clicking, here.