The pumpkin festival returns to Zeeland with “Barnyard Bash”

ZELAND – A favorite annual fall event will return to downtown Zeeland this weekend.

Pumpkinfest, the city’s “oldest and most beloved” festival for more than three decades, will return for a two-day celebration with a number of free, low-cost events for all ages.

This year’s theme is “Barnyard Bash”.

The festival begins Friday October 1 with activities like the Kids Tractor Pull at 4:00 p.m. on Main Street, free donuts and cider at 6:00 p.m. on Church Street, and an outdoor screening of “Coco” at 7:30 p.m. .

A professional carves pumpkins in downtown Zeeland during Pumpkinfest.

Saturday’s events include the Pumpkinfest 5K race at 8:30 a.m. – hosted by Zeeland Athletic Boosters and hosted by Zeeland West High School – Civil War reenactments at the Dekker Huis Museum from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the much anticipated Pumpkinfest Parade at 3 p.m.

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The parade will feature marching bands, groups of marchers, tractors and floats. The parade route moves west on Main Avenue from Centennial Street to State Street, south on State Street to Central Avenue, then east on Central Avenue to Maple Street.

Another festival favorite, the Pumpkin Roll, will take place Saturday at noon at Zeeland Christian School, 334 W. Central Ave.

Representatives of the Zeeland City Council march through the main street during the Pumpkin Festival in downtown Zeeland.

For the sixth year, the festival will include Pumpkinfest Avenue Art. Local artists, schools and community groups have already painted wooden barnyard animals with their take on this year’s theme. Animals will be placed along the main street during the festival.

This year will also include a place where children can “be creative, learn and play,” the city wrote in a statement. The area, located on Church Street, will feature inflatables, a petting zoo, stage performances, pony rides, games, snacks and more.

Both days will feature live music, food trucks and local restaurants. The concert lineup includes Pretty Rage, Dune Grass, Catfish and the Main and Rock Shop.

To find out more, visit zeelandfestivals.com.

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