On Monday, November 1, 2021, Kingsville’s Communities in Bloom Committee holds its annual Pumpkin Parade at Lakeside Park. This community event gives residents a way to recycle their pumpkins, as all pumpkins donated go to an organic form and become compost or feed for animals.
“It’s such a great concept,” said Committees in Bloom Chair and Councillor Thomas Neufeld. “All these pumpkins are lined up and displayed, many of them carved very creatively, and you get to see them all in one place. Adults and kids love it, and after the parade, we donate them to a farm to prevent needless waste. The pumpkin parade is a free, feel-good event that adds to the quality of life Kingsville is renowned for.”
While supplies last, the committee will give tulip bulbs to anyone dropping off a pumpkin as a token of appreciation. The Town cannot accept pumpkins with stickers or paint, as those materials would be unsafe for the animals to eat. Residents may drop their pumpkins off in the parking lot off Herrington Street between 12:00 pm-5:30 pm on November 1, 2021.
Karen Loney, Kingsville’s Manager of Programs and Special Events, said, “the Communities in Bloom Committee is a dedicated group of volunteers who are passionate about environmental responsibility and beautification through the whole Town. We’re grateful for all the great work they do in our community.”
Everyone is welcome to walk the lighted pumpkin trail between 6:30 pm-8:30 pm in the lower bowl of Lakeside Park, 315 Queen Street. The Town is still looking for volunteers to support the event. If you’re interested in helping out, please email email@example.com.