Private Members’ Statement: Teulon’s 25th Annual Pumpkinfest
Hon. Ralph Eichler (Minister of Agriculture): I was pleased to attend the 25th annual Pumpkinfest that was held in Teulon on September 23rd. Every September, pumpkin patches, gardens across the Interlake and beyond are picked of their finest and unique bounty, then brought to be showcased in the–Teulon’s signature fall celebration.
Teulon’s Pumpkinfest was certainly a place to be as hundreds of people stopped by to take part in the day’s festivities. There were plenty of pumpkins and veggies for sale with a successful fall harvest. I had the honour this year of emceeing the largest pumpkin weigh off.
This year’s largest pumpkin, weighing 636 pounds, won first place, with a 520 pumpkin pound coming in second, 479 pounds took third place. Forty-five different categories including everything from baking, photography and pumpkin carving were also judged.
Children were kept busy all day with an abundance of activities, including face painting and a petting zoo. A fun-filled day was had by all who attended.
In order to host such an event this size, a great deal of time, effort and money is required. The Teulon and District Agricultural Society strive each and every year to make the event bigger and better than the year before. It is their mission to promote rural living.
Madam Speaker, joining us today in the gallery is Lana Knor, co-chair of the Teulon and District Agricultural Society, and her children Kelvyn and Kevin. I would ask the House to join me in recognizing their efforts, along with the many organizers and volunteers who make these events so successful. Without community support, these fantastic events would not be possible. Mission accomplished!
Thank you, Madam Speaker.
Nov. 6, 2017