The Festival is held at French Memorial Park in Seymour, Connecticut. The park is located at the junction of Route 8 and Route 67. Parking is available at Chatfield School (off Route 67). Shuttle bus service is available at this site, free of charge.
French Memorial Park is a seven-acre park that lends itself to this festival because of its terrain. On Pumpkin Festival day, each section of the park is given a special name such as Pumpkin Patch, Goblins Gulch, Cinderella Lane, etc.
No vehicle traffic, pets, or bikes are allowed into the park on this day, in order to help insure the safety of families attending the festival.
Admission is Free.
Money raised at the Festival is be donated back to the betterment of the community. Several local organizations and groups benefit from the hard work of our volunteers. A list of those receiving donations from proceeds of the 2011 festival include: Seymour Land Conservation Trust, Seymour/Oxford Food Bank, Seymour Christmas Parade, Seymour High School After Prom Party, Seymour Middle School Eve of Honors, Seymour Ambulance Association, Seymour Historical Society, Spooner House, Brimingham Group Health Services, Citzen's Engine Co., Great Hill Hose Co, Seymour Animal Sheltor, Project Purple, Bungay, Chatfield, and LoPresti PTA's, Seymour Middle School Parent Council, and Seymour Pink.
There are several contests for the children attending the festival to participate in. These include Pumpkin Decorating and Costume Contests. The Pumpkin Festival also holds a coloring contest at the three elementary schools in town during the weeks prior to festival day. The children’s artwork is hung in the park during the festival. Prizes are awarded to all contest winners.
Each year, several second and third grade students are selected to make up the Pumpkin Festival’s Royal Court. The Royal Court Committee alternates annually between each of the three Seymour elementary schools to select the students that will be honored at the Pumpkin Festival’s Royal Court. In addition to being royally honored at the festival, The Royal court provides an opportunity to proudly represent their school.
The Pumpkin Patrol is a group of young volunteers that help to keep the festival running smoothly by assisting committee members on the day of the festival. Many serve as runners, help to stake the booth dimensions, and offer valuable assistance to members of the Festival Committee during the day. The Festival Committee is extremely grateful for the assistance these volunteers provide.
Rides and amusements are present at the festival for the enjoyment of the children and adults.
Members of the booth selection committee are always seeking new and unusual HANDMADE products to be displayed and sold at the Festival each year. More than 90 artists and craftspeople were chosen to show their wares at the 2012 Festival.
Products that have been popular in the past include: handmade jewelry, silk and dried flower arrangements, soft sculpture, leather products, paintings, blown glass, wooden furniture, Christmas ornaments, stained glass, bird houses, hand painted slate, ceramic items, and miniature doll houses.
The food booths offer a variety of tasty, tempting items for festival goers to enjoy. Some of the items available this year include fried dough, french fries, hamburgers, hotdogs, grilled cheese sandwiches, baked potatoes with toppings, apple and pumpkin pies, ice cream, fresh fruit salad, and more. There will be two breakfast booths serving items such as egg sandwiches and coffee in the morning. Many of our food booths are non-profits from the Valley area.
Each booth is given a specific theme name and the craft person who owns that booth is encouraged to decorate the booth using the name as the booths theme. Some of the names include Scarecrow Workshop, Bright Pumpkin, Goblin’s Treats, and Gleeful Ghost.
The Seymour Pumpkin Festival awards scholarships annually to graduating seniors who reside in Seymour and who are involved in helping those in the community. The scholarships are given in memory of Adeline Tripp. Please see your school guidence councler for application.
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