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The annual Pumpkin Shine on Line is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The event is hosted by Southfield School and sponsored by SPAR.
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Pumpkins decorated with a variety of themes line the walking trails at Betty Virginia Park for Pumpkin Shine on Line.
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Moonbot Studio's "The Numberlys" was the theme for this pumpkin display.
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Classes from lots of school participate with pumpkin displays.
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A superhero-themed pumpkin display.
What better way to spend a crisp fall evening with family and friends then meandering through the walking trails of beautiful Betty Virginia Park – especially when those trails are aglow with more than 700 carved and decorated pumpkins. The annual Pumpkin Shine on Line, hosted by Southfield School and sponsored by SPAR, is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5 to 8:30 p.m.
A free shuttle will run between Mall St. Vincent and Betty Virginia Park in the 3900 block of Line Avenue. While there is some parking in the park, it will be reserved for those with a handicap permit only. All others can reach the park on foot or enjoy an exciting shuttle ride in operation from 4 to 9 p.m.
And when you arrive—oh my! The pumpkins are everywhere along the paths and each one is more unique and entertaining than the next. There are superhero pumpkins, the latest fad pumpkins, serious and silly pumpkins. This is a great event for all ages, the young and the young at heart.
In addition to pumpkins, there will be children’s activities for ages 3 to 6, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Activities include face painting, arts and crafts, storytelling with Shreve Memorial Library’s Dr. Spaghetti and more. Arrive early to enjoy the student performances from area schools. You can also snack on cookies, candy, popcorn, pizza, and drinks while you take in the festivities.
Pumpkin Shine on Line is free to enter, and the proceeds raised from concessions are going toward a Pumpkin Shine-themed arbor that will welcome park guests at the Line Avenue entrance.
Feeling the need to create a pumpkin of your own? You can do that, too. Entering is easy and free. Single entrants can bring their creations to the park anytime between 2:30 and 5 p.m. Large groups should call Denise Joffrion at 318.868.5375 for an appointment time. The pumpkins are judged by community leaders and there are usually 10 to 12 winners selected. Participants are welcome to take their pumpkins home following the event.
In case of rain, the Pumpkin Shine will be moved to Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the same time.
For more information, visit www.southfield-school.org or www.facebook.com/pumpkinshine.
By June Rose Dowis