We're Pumped for the 30th Annual Pumpkin Festival & Fair!!

Posted on Tuesday September 18, 2018 at 03:44PM

I’m super excited to be attending the 30th Annual Smoky Lake Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Fair! Did you know, in 2017 Don Crews broke the Smoky Lake record with his 1,652 lbs. pumpkin! Which makes it to the “Heavy Hitters” list on the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth page but isn’t very close to the world record of 2624.6 lbs.!! I have never seen a pumpkin that big that’s for sure!! Have you?! Maybe this year in Smoky Lake we will! If someone does get the title of “Worlds Heaviest” they will be going home with a nice little bonus of $2500. Even though this event is based around pumpkins there are many fun activities and events to choose from. A few that I won’t be missing are:

Starts at 12:30 pm Saturday, October 6, 2018
This is what we will be there for folks! These growers have been working hard all summer and are competing to produce the heaviest pumpkin, squash, watermelon and longest gourd in the world!!
2. Pumpkin Patch Visit & Auction
Starts at 3:00 pm Saturday, October 6, 2018
Viewing the Pumpkin Patch and choosing which pumpkin I will be bidding on! LOL That’s right!! You can purchase one of the largest pumpkins, AND the money will go towards a good cause! Half to the grower and the other half to the Smoky Lake and District Christmas Hamper.
3. The Pumpkin Drop
Starts at 5:30 pm Saturday, October 6, 2018
Can you believe they put all this work into growing these massive pumpkins… and then they watch them get smashed! Definitely something to see that’s for sure!
4. Children’s Activities
From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday, October 6, 2018
At the Complex they will have everything from a petting zoo, and mini midway to face painting and balloons.
5. Iron Cruisers Show and Shine
From 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Saturday, October 6, 2018
Downtown Smoky Lake
Check out cars, trucks, old and new, vintage and antiques all day. These events are always super interesting because you can chat with the owners of these cool vehicles, and learn all about their history and all the hard work that went into them.
6. Pioneer Peeche-Oven Bread Making Demonstration
Starts at 1:00 pm (weather permitting) Saturday, October 6, 2018
At the Museum
I believe that we take for granted how easy things are these days. Learning how the settlers survived, cooked, cleaned, etc. is always SO fascinating and makes me appreciate our modern conveniences. What is your favorite piece of history to learn about?! Maybe it’s at the Smoky Lake Museum.
There really is something for everyone at the Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-Off & Fair! They will have activities all over Smoky Lake: at the Complex, the Lions Den, H.A. Kostash School, Downtown, at the Museum and at the Warspite Community Hall. For your planning and travel convenience they have a FREE shuttle between these locations. See the complete schedule below.

Smoky Lake Weigh off & Fair Events Schedule

Friday, October 5, 2018
Agricultural Complex

- All Gourds Registration - 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

- Pumpkin Kick-Off:
Free Pie and Coffee
Entertainment - 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Saturday, October 6, 2018
Smoky Lake Agricultural Complex Events

18 years and up - $10
8 - 17 years - $5
7 years and under - FREE

Weigh-Off Registration
8:00 am to 11:30 am
- NO Entries accepted after 11:30 am

- Food Service
9:30 am
Hall & Fair Grounds

- Music by "Northern Kings"
9:00 am to 12:00 noon

- Farmers' Market
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Kinsmen Gazebo and H.A Kostash School

- Arena Entertainment
10:00 am to 12 noon

WEIGH-OFF 12:30 P.M - Guest MC A.J. Keller
- Pumpkin Patch viewing and Giant Pumpkin Auction to follow
(50% of proceeds donated to Smoky Lake and District Christmas Hamper - 50% to Grower)

Other Saturday Venues
- Kinette Pancake Breakfast
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Lion’s Den

- Seniors Garage Sale
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Seniors Drop-Inn Centre, Downtown: Pie and Coffee

- Iron Cruisers Show and Shine
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Downtown: For information call - 780-656-2463

- Showcase Ukraine
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ukrainian National Hall, Downtown

- Smoky Lake Museum
11:00 am to 4:30 pm
Complex Grounds

- Beer Gardens & Lunch Services
11:30 am to 4:30 pm
Smoky Lake Curling Rink Downtown

- Peeche Bread Baking
1:00 pm
by Museum (weather permitting)

- Threshing Bee
2:00 pm
by Museum (weather permitting)

- Pumpkin Drop
5:30 pm
Complex Grounds

- Supper and Dance
6:30 pm
Warspite Hall - Music - Northern Kings

Sunday, October 7, 2018

- Pumpkin Classic (Smoky Lake Golf Course)
Fun Tournament - 9 Hole - Prizes
Tee time @ 12:00 Noon (weather permitting)

Join me and the thousands of people who flock to Smoky Lake this October 6, 2018 for the Smoky Lake 30th Annual Great White North Pumpkin Fair & Weigh-Off. This is a family focused event that will be sure to entertain the whole family for the day.

Words of Wisdom from the Smoky Lake School:

Hi! My name is Jenni Gladue and I am the newest member of the Go East Team! I like to find adventures wherever I go and do my part to create a better world for humans and animals alike! Hopefully through my blogs you will be inspired to find new adventures, and sources of joy. Looking forward to meeting you at one of the many events in the Go East region! Please stop me and say hi!

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For more to do and see while you’re in Smoky Lake see the Regions Agriculture & Culinary Adventures page here!

Or need help with any other part of your planning?! I am happy to help you plan a trip. Please feel free to contact our Go East of Edmonton team at 1-888-632-8755 or message us on Facebook. I hope you enjoy your weekend!!

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