Salem County Fairgrounds, New Jersey; The 13th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show is gearing up for its biggest celebration of the fall harvest this October 7,8-9, 2016 hosted at the Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown, New Jersey. The event’s theme for 2016 is “Embrace Autumn’s Glory” and the fairgrounds will be transformed by pumpkins, scarecrows, gourds, cornstalks and hundreds of colorful mums. The South Jersey Pumpkin Show festival was picked by Fodor’s Travel as one of America’s Best Pumpkin Festivals for 2014 and 2015.
Pumpkin growers and backyard gardeners from any state are being invited to bring their heaviest pumpkin out to the Pumpkin Show Big Pumpkin Weigh Off on Sunday, October 9th, at noon. If you’re a pumpkin grower this is a great late season opportunity to show off your prize pumpkin and potentially win a portion of the prize money up for grabs.
Festival goers visiting this year will enjoy pumpkin desserts, rows and rows of craftsmen, Fall Home & Garden, Farm Expo, fun contests, scarecrows, give-a-ways, Pumpkin Toss, live bands, wine sampling, festival food court, NJ Largest Baked Pumpkin Pie, pony rides and haunted hayrides around the fairgrounds.
The Pumpkin Show will feature the reading of Sleepy Hollow legend and the arrival of the Headless Horsemen on Friday & Saturday at the graveyard.
The giant pumpkin pyramid that holds over 500 pumpkins and mums will be showcased as the center piece of the festival. Kids under ten will enjoy a friendly boo barn, amusement rides, free pumpkins, craft making, trick or treating on Friday night, kids straw garden and Halloween treat bags.
The All Breed Fun Dog Parade, Decorated Fall Baby Strollers and Halloween Costume Contests are free to enter and everyone receives a ribbon and goody bag for participating. The best pumpkin desserts, casseroles, soup and appetizers are being sought for the Fun Pumpkin Food contest and free sampling held on Saturday.
The Little Miss & Mister Pumpkin Pageant for girls and boys will be held on Sunday at 2pm, for kids ages 4-9 years old from Salem, Camden, Gloucester and Cumberland Counties.
The South Jersey Pumpkin Show is a completely self-supporting festival made possible by the sponsors, exhibitors and parking fee! The event organizers have pledged to keep the festival family friendly, affordable and packed full of harvest fun.
The Salem County Fairgrounds Is located in the rich farm lands Salem County and located just a few miles from Delaware Memorial Bridge.
The South Jersey Pumpkin Show will always be dedicated to Kathy Wright’s October son, Scott R.W. Bailey, age 15, who succumbed to ATV injuries on May 13, 2010. Kathy's son was a huge part of the festival from the beginning and will always be remembered by his friends and family. A Scholarship Award is given each year in honor of Scott from the Pumpkin Show proceeds.
Admissions is free, parking $5.00 a carload and good all three days of the festival. Free shopping bags, free trick or treat bags, free pumpkins/gourds first 200 kids daily. Visitors that donate a can of pet food at the main entrance will receive a $1.00 off parking. Home & Garden vendors, sponsors, craftsmen, artists and farm markets are being sought for 2016. Visit sjpumpkinshow.com
for details. Call 856-765-0118
Lighting of Giant Pumpkin Pyamid Friday Night, Headless Horseman arrive on Friday night, Little Miss Pumpkin Show Pageant, Sunday at 2:00pm, Pumpkin/apple dessert contest Saturday, Costumed Dog Parade Sunday at noon, Decorated Fall baby strollers, Amusement and Hayrides all three days.
Free Admission, Parking $5.00 a carlaod, good all three days