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    Professor Emma Stack transports children to Hogwart's and teaches them how to make their own magic wand. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Not even pumpkin people can escape laundry day. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Dave Kinsey makes friends with one of the pumpkin people. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Katie and Peter Kruse enjoy some of the interactive displays at the Heritage Village. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Vampires aren't very scary for Carlie McLean, 6. Especially when they are made of a pumpkin. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Finn McGavock, 6, chilling with one of the pumpkin people. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The event was so popular that the Village quickly ran out of pumpkins to decorate. Luckily, Landon and Colton Gardner were able decorate theirs. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Kim Sherlock carried seven-month-old Samuel so that he could enjoy some of the fall sights. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Pumpkins also need to do their shopping. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Rhian Stephenson stacks some cans as part of the harvest games. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Ever wanted to churn your own butter? Olivia Brown-Mckie and Audrey Leblanc taught people how. All it takes is cream, a jar and a willingness to shake it for 20 minutes. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Ryker Recoskie, 4, prepares to knock down a few pins with his miniature pumpkin. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Rowan Gates, 4, isn't trusting of the animals, especially not the nearby turkey. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Charles Blanchard, 2, picked the perfect pumpkin. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Petawawa town hall was decorated with an entire pumpkin people council, with each councillor replicated in gourds. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    Even pumpkin people need to rejuvenate once in a while. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    A few pumpkin people were hard at work giving hair cuts during the festival. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    This pumpkin person wasn't shy about flaunting his wealth. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

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    The Shed truly went all out with their display, adding a storyline to their pumpkin diorama. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)


 

 


Pumpkin people and rural ramble festival in Petawawa

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday December 19, 2019


Pumpkin people invaded Petawawa during the 1st annual Petawawa Ramble. Held on Oct. 19 and 20, businesses in town proudly put out a pumpkin person, some inspired by their products or services. But having fall-themed displays all over town was not enough to satisfy event organizers. They wanted to make it a festival involving different organizations and groups in the community like the Petawawa Heritage Village, which hosted interactive displays, a harvest themed food market, pumpkin carving contests and musical entertainment. That evening there was also a mega Werewolves in the Village game, in partnership with Looking Glass Toys and Games. At Hyska's Your Independent Grocer, people could enjoy music, square dancing demonstrations, a petting zoo, a pumpkin patch, harvest games, butter making, a pie-eating contest and more. Meanwhile, Gearheads took people out on the Algonquin Trail to enjoy some of the autumnal splendour. On Sunday at the Petawawa Civic Centre’s Kin Hut, visitors could also enjoy vendors, yoga with Wild Garden Yoga, live music, or try their hand at slinging apples and bowling with pumpkins. After seeing the festival's success, organizers hope to make it into a signature tourism event that encompasses a longer autumn schedule and expands on festival activities.