“In spite of the nasty weather, well, here we are!” said BIA co-ordinator, Grace McDonough, on Saturday, October 26.
The Chamber of Commerce sponsored a family pumpkin carving event Saturday as part of the South Dundas celebration, the Season of Pumpkin People. Unfortunately, the night before the family fun activity (originally scheduled for the Morrisburg plaza near the clock) the weather turned bitterly cold.
Rumour has it there was even some snow mixed in with the drizzle.
However, grey fall weather did not stop local families from coming out to take part in the pumpkin carving, nor did it stop the BIA from finding a way for the event to go on.
“We contacted the Morrisburg & District Lions Club in the morning,” McDonough explained, “and they loaned us their tent, and came and put it up for us, anchoring it in the grass near Riley’s Valu-mart. It was an enormous help to us.”
Valu-mart provided 200 pumpkins for carving. There were stencils and markers for drawing unique faces on the pumpkins prior to cutting, scoops for the “guts” and lots of support from volunteers.
Once a jack o’ lantern was completed, it was set aside for the official ‘lighting’: families were welcome to take their creations home as part of their Hallowe’en celebration.
“Everyone was welcome,” McDonough said, “and we had all sizes and ages here carving. Our event is a tie in with the Pumpkinferno at Upper Canada Village, and with the whole Hallowe’en and fall season.”
Assisting McDonough and the carvers were volunteers Christa St. Pierre, public educator for the South Dundas Fire and Emergency Services and Marwauh Almousawy, a community volunteer.