Top Picks to See & Do during the Pumpkin Festival
Posted on Tuesday September 27, 2016 at 08:25AM
The premier autumn event in the East of Edmonton region, the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival draws large crowds from all over the region every October for a celebration of all things pumpkin.
The main event happens on Saturday at the Complex and includes the famed Giant Pumpkin Drop as well as the Great Pumpkin Auction.
The highlight of the festival is the much anticipated Pumpkin Weigh-Off where the scales determine which competitor gets the year's coveted top prize award. Last year, that person was Raymond Beaudin, who smashed all previous records when his pumpkin weighed in at 1,470.5 lbs, heavier by nearly 200 lbs than the previous record - which Beaudin also held.
Throughout the day, enjoy all of the related festivities on the Complex grounds, including many food vendors, entertainment by Northern Kings, a huge farmers' market, souvenir booth, many children's activities - including a petting zoo, midway, face painting and balloons, and a threshing bee demonstration near the museum.
As well, you can enjoy so much more all throughout the community during this popular weekend with a Show and Shine downtown, beer gardens and food at the Smoky Lake Curling Rink, a Ukrainian cultural showcase, a delicious supper and old time country dance at the Warspite Community Hall and so much more!
Make a weekend of it and stay for the Pumpkin Classic Golf Tournament at the Smoky Lake Golf Course on Sunday, beginning at noon. This course offers you an incredible display of autumn colours! Spend the night at the Super 8 and enjoy a complimentary breakfast in the morning as well as 40-inch flat screen HDTV, free WiFi, fridge, coffee and tea maker. Or try the historic Smoky Lake Inn where you'll enjoy a luxurious stay in one of the modernized rooms as well as fine dining in the restaurant on site.
Explore the magic with a visit to the IDA - you'll find interesting gift items as well as everything you need for health & beauty, all served with exceptional small-town care.
While you're in town, be sure to stop in at Betsy's Burger Shack for a fantastic meal and the Old Fashioned Bread Bakery and Deli for authentic Ukrainian baked goods.
Over 6000 visitors make the trip to Smoky Lake every October for this unique and fun event. Make sure you're one of them this October 1st and while in Smoky Lake don't forget to pick up a copy of the 2016 Go East of Edmonton Travel Guide for more day tripping ideas - they are restocked all over town!
Author: Go East of Edmonton
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