Ah, fall – time for pumpkins, cider doughnuts, leaves splashed in color, and the 25th Annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival sponsored by Mainstage Center for the Arts, Beneficial Bank, and others. This year’s event takes place Sunday, October 7, 2018, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.(raindate: Oct. 14th) in and around The Studio at Mainstage, 27 South Black Horse Pike, Blackwood, NJ. The festival draws 10,000 people each year to enjoy food, games, music, shopping among 200 vendors, and four stages of entertainment.
Activities include pumpkin painting, hayrides,amusement rides, Scarecrow making, bounce houses, a pumpkin carving contest, face painting, a costume contest, talent contest and more.
“After such a long-hot summer, the Pumpkin Festival is a great way to celebrate the joys of the fall season,” said Anne Marie Weaver, Director of Special Projects, Mainstage Center for the Arts. “We look forward to welcoming and entertaining the thousands of families who make it an annual tradition.”
All proceeds benefit Mainstage Center for the Arts, a non-profit organization committed to providing affordable, quality arts education and entertainment for the South Jersey Community.
One of the newest event areas. Families love building their own scarecrow to display proudly on their front lawns.
(next to Rite Aid Parking Lot – Green Zone.)
Mainstage Center for the Arts has two face painting stations where children can have their whole face or part of a face done.
( Green & Purple Zones)
Children will love painting their own pumpkins. Just join us at a Mainstage Pumpkin Painting Station located in Harwan Park ( Green Zone) and on Railroad Ave ( Purple Zone)
Mainstage Game Row is located on Railroad Ave. (Purple Zone) where everyone is a winner.
Blackwood, New Jersey comes alive on the first Sunday of October with entertainers, vendors, shoppers, and families who converge on the area for the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival. This tradition began in 1992, and this year marks its 29th year. Over the years, hundreds of thousands of visitors have attended. The festival, presented by Mainstage Center for the Arts (MCA), takes place Sunday, October 4th, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., in and around the area of MCA’s Performing Arts Academy, 27 S. Black Horse Pike, with the Black Horse Pike will be closed from the intersection of Church Road through Lake Avenue. The rain date is Sunday, October 11th.
Since parking in downtown Blackwood fills up quickly, free parking with a free shuttle bus service to the festival is available at Highland Regional High School, 450 Erial Road, Blackwood, NJ 08012.
The festival features amusements, food, music, shopping, live entertainment, pumpkin painting, hayrides, moon bounces, a petting zoo, face painting, scarecrow building, costume contests, puppy parade; talent contest; Farmer’s Market with fresh produce, Mainstage studio treasure hunt, and more. More 101 FM is radio sponsor and personalities will be there throughout the day providing fun giveaways.
Previous primary sponsors for the event included: Horizon Foundation, Ryan Bansky Expert Tree Service, More 101 FM, Today’s Shopper, and Newspaper Media Group,
“As Mainstage celebrates its 32nd anniversary this year, we’re thrilled that the South Jersey community has been able to enjoy the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival for 28 of those years. It’s such a fun way for friends and families to spend a day celebrating the joys of the fall season,” said Anne Marie Weaver, Director of Special Projects, MCA. “We appreciate all those who visit the event, which raises funds for Mainstage’s year-round performing arts programs for kids and their families.”
Those programs include Harmony, high school show choir; Encore, middle school show choir, Mainstage’s School of Dance, and the Performing Arts Academy. Most of these groups all are performing at the festival, along with other local entertainers including the Cherry Hill East High School Mime Troupe, Philadelphia/Mainline Ukulele Group. For others who like to get in on the act, there’s a Talent Contest, Costume Parade/contest, Pumpkin Carving Contest, Great Cake Bake Off, Puppy Parade (costume contest for dogs), and Ukulele Jam Session in the Blackwood Fire Company parking lot. Here are details for entering the contests:
EVENT CONTESTS INCLUDE:
CHECK BACK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS AS WE GET CLOSER TO THE EVENT
For more information about the event, or to rent a booth, visit www.mainstage.org or call (856) 302-6485.