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Maesa Johnston plays with some balls at the Yara Community Gardens' second annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival at 1000 Grey Ave. on Saturday.
Second annual pumpkin festival a success
Pumpkins and smiles filled 1000 Grey Ave. on Saturday.
Yara Community Gardens held its second annual Pumpkin Harvest Festival on Saturday.
“The kids are having a great time. There’s so many different activities for them. My kids love it,” said Jennifer Delaurier. “To start the kids off with face painting was best and I think (they like) just the overall atmosphere of the playground and all of the activities and crafts.”
Delaurier, who also gardens at the community gardens on Home Street, said the weather was perfect on Saturday.
“Gardeners, we all have our interests so it’s nice to be able to share that with other people,” she said, adding her favourite part about gardening is growing her own food.
“I can teach my kids about how you put things in the ground and what comes out … and it’s all completely natural.”
Community gardens co-ordinator Sarah Varey estimated at least 800 people came out to the event, about double from last year.
“We’ve had a huge lineup for the face painting and people are really enjoying the music. (There are) only positives,” said Varey. “We don’t really have a fall event like this in Moose Jaw, so that we’re able to offer this in a community gardens space put on by volunteers for free is huge.”
There were 300 pumpkins at the event, 100 of which were considered giant.
“I love that we’re able to welcome the neighbourhood over for lunch and provide this event free of charge because not everybody can afford to do these kind of fall events,” said Varey. “I like celebrating the season and celebrating a bountiful harvest.”
She said without the partnership and sponsors providing food for the event, it wouldn’t have been possible.
“The community gardens are one of Hunger in Moose Jaw’s programs so Hunger in Moose Jaw, their mission is, through educational nutritional programming, to nurture children and their families,” said Varey. “Children is something that we don’t necessarily focus on at the community gardens. It’s not one of our main key points to focus on.
“This event we do focus on children. Half of the stuff we offer here is exclusively for kids. So this is a way for us to kind of fulfill Hunger in Moose Jaw’s mandate too.”
For first-time attendees Kelly Neufeld, Michelle Stevenson and Angela Stevenson, the event had a positive atmosphere.
“(My son’s) just starting to get into it,” said Neufeld after just arriving at the event. “He’s enjoying it but he’s a little tired. The more fun he has the more fun I think the rest of us have.”
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