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Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest
Zeeland celebrates 29th annual Pumpkinfest



ZEELAND, Mich.- Pack your bags and join the fun as Zeeland's Pumpkinfest "Hits the Road" October 3 through 5 in downtown Zeeland.

Enjoy Zeeland's largest festival as it takes you on a tour of some of America's favorite road trip attractions. There will be events and activities for all ages, decorations, games and contests, special food and treats.

This is the 29th year for Pumpkinfest in Zeeland. The festival kicks off this Thursday, October 3 with the Pumpkin Bake Off at Royal Atrium from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Kids Pedal Power Tractor Pull begins at 4 p.m. on Main Street; the community's favorite downtown meal, Dinner on Us, begins promptly at 5 p.m. After dinner, enjoy a concert by the Zeeland Community Band at 6 p.m. on the post office lawn.

Festival organizers are adding a children’s area this year. Kids can enjoy a critter barn, chalk art, inflatables, wood crafts, games, food and more.  The children’s area is located on Church Street, between Main and Central.  The activity center will be open Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Visit the Howard Miller Library for Pumpkinfest storytime Thursday and Friday at 10 a.m. Grab a front row seat near the Pumpkinfest stage for a fun show of puppetry, poetry, music and more, performed by Kevin Kammeraad Friday at 6 p.m.


Another new addition to the festival is a free pumpkin patch next to Mast Heating and Cooling, located at 355 Royal Park Drive. The local community is invited to visit the patch and pick out a pumpkin, one for each family member. These pumpkins can then be used in the new pumpkin rolling contest on the Zeeland Christian Hill, which is Saturday from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The contest is sponsored by Mast Heating, Mercantile Bank and Zeeland Rec. Visit the Pumpkinfest website for more information.


Other festival favorites include Senior BINGO Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Howard Miller Community Center, the Pumpkinfest Fun Run/Walk Saturday morning at 7:45 a.m. at the Zeeland Stadium, a bike decorating contest Saturday at 2 p.m. at Main Street Bicycle Co., Zeeland Rotary chicken barbecue Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Second Reformed Church, the Caring People Pumpkinfest Parade Saturday at 3 p.m. and Vitale's entertainment tent, which opens at 8 p.m.


This year's parade will honor the Zeeland Historical Society as the grand marshall. The Historical Society has been an influential part of the Zeeland Community and the community embraces their dedication as they prepare to celebrate their 40th anniversary next year.  Four of the original founders of the society will ride in the front of the Pumpkinfest Parade: Dorothy Vos, President, Wilma Veldheer, Mary Jane Vander Weide and John Hoogland. The Zeeland Historical Society was formed in 1974 by a group of 25 people interested in preserving local history. Membership has grown to over 300 from all over the United States.


Volunteers are still needed for this weekend. Please email pumpkinfest.zeeland@gmail.com if you are interested or visit www.pumpkinfest-zeeland.org to register today!