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Kentville Pumpkin People Festival kicks off Sept. 30

The theme for the 2017 Kentville Pumpkin People Festival – Celebrating Canada – left prop builder Gerry Little with plenty of options to explore.
The theme for the 2017 Kentville Pumpkin People Festival – Celebrating Canada – left prop builder Gerry Little with plenty of options to explore.

KENTVILLE - The pumpkin people will soon start making an appearance.

From Sept. 30 to Oct. 29, there will be a variety of displays throughout town for the annual Kentville Pumpkin People Festival.

This year’s theme, Celebrating Canada, left display designer and prop builder Gerry Little with plenty of ideas to explore.

More than 300 pumpkin people will be on display, with larger exhibits dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, the Avro Arrow, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau marching in the Halifax Pride Parade, CBC Hockey Night in Canada, the Bluenose, a First Nations scene – and more.

The festival is slated to kickoff with a downtown extravaganza Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a classic car show in Centre Square, giant downtown flea market on Webster Court, children’s activities, live music, a barbecue, a petting zoo, an equipment display by Camp Aldershot and the always-popular Pumpkin People Workshop.

“Harvest Festival is usually in Centre Square. This year it’s going to be on Aberdeen Street because Centre Square is going to be full with the KBC classic car show,” said Lindsay Young, community and economic development co-ordinator for the Town of Kentviile .

“The pumpkin person workshop is always a big hit.”

Young fondly remembers the days she was a child eagerly awaiting the arrival of the pumpkin people in her hometown. Now, she’s excited to welcome guests from near and far to the Town of Kentville

“They’re always so excited. They’re always so happy, and interested to see how this comes together,” she said.

“For me the exciting part is watching (their) reactions and knowing that when we put those pumpkin people out there, they make people happy.”

Visit the Town of Kentville Facebook page or www.kentville.ca for more information.

Pumpkin people prop building Gerry Little stands with the Avro Arrow jet he created for the Celebrating Canada theme.

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