‘Pumpkinville’ celebration returns to St. Catharines animal farm

Published October 5, 2023 at 2:33 pm

Happy Rolph's Animal Farm
"Pumpkinville" is returning to Happy Rolph's Animal Farm next weekend and features free pumpkins to visitors.

The annual “Pumpkinville” celebration is returning to Happy Rolph’s Animal Farm next weekend with another great lineup of activities and events for the community.

Now in its 35th year, the family-friendly tradition is coming on Oct. 14 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the farm (650 Read Rd.). This year’s event will feature many activities, including crafts, face painting, a scavenger hunt, and live entertainment – with free admission.

“Pumpkinville is a beloved tradition, and we are excited for a day filled with fall family fun,” said St. Catharines Community and Events Coordinator Andrea Connelly-Miele. “Whether it be live music by The Mountain Man and Sleepy Jean, games, food, or the scavenger hunt, there is something for everyone.”

Sleepy Jean will be performing between 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. and The Mountain Man will be taking the stage from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m.

Attendees will once again be able to collect a free pumpkin with support from the Meridian Credit Union. Supplies are limited, and only one pumpkin per family will be available on a first come first serve basis. Grantham Home Hardware is also a sponsor of this event.

Hot chocolate and Timbits will be offered by Tim Hortons. A selection of food will also be available for purchase from local restaurants such as Johnny Rocco’s Italian Grill and Country Boys Mobile Food Services.

In addition to a variety of family friendly activities and delicious dishes, attendees will have a chance to meet the Niagara IceDogs mascot, Bones.

As part of the City’s Fire Prevention Month, St. Catharines Fire Services will also be participating in this year’s event and people are encouraged to learn more about fire prevention and fire safety.

For young book lovers and creatives, the St. Catharines Public Library will have storytelling and offering a fun, take-home craft.

A free park-and-ride shuttle bus at Grantham Lions Club at 732 Niagara St. will run from 10:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. and people are encouraged to make use of the service as parking onsite is limited.

Pumpkinville also offers a last chance to visit the farm animals of Happy Rolph’s for the year before the animals return to their winter homes in mid-October.

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