By Cynthia Germain
The 33rd annual pumpkin patch festival, a family-friendly event with entertainment, vendors and activities begins on Saturday, October 7th, at 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The festival has its roots as a fundraising event that brings awareness to businesses in Egg Harbor, and now provides monies for a number of other events in the area, including 4th of July fireworks, Wine Fest and others. The festival gets its name from the pumpkin decorating contest among Egg Harbor business, and festival chair Debra Merkle-Schubert touts the wonderful participation from local businesses.
The pumpkin decorations at each business are judged the evening before the event and the first, second and third place winners are awarded the morning of the first day of the festival. Entertainment on Saturday includes the Modern Day Drifters as well as a variety of music on Sunday at Harbor View Park. Food, children’s activities and concessions will be available throughout the town with the help of the Egg Harbor Business Association and volunteers from various Door County organizations, high school bands and choirs and other area nonprofits.