SOUTHINGTON - The first planning meeting for this yearâs Pumpkinfest will be held Sept. 14 at Central CafĂ©.
The planning will be held at 6 p.m., at the banquet room of Central CafĂ©, at 24 Whiting St., and all are invited to attend. The festivalâs first year, which was organized by Kris Dargenio, drew 2,000 people to downtown. It also raised $4,500 for the Plainville Community Fund, monies which are then reinvested in the community. Last year, the festival was an even bigger hit, collecting $6,000 for the fund.
âEveryone in town is still buzzing about last yearâs fabulous event,â said Dargenio on the eventâs Facebook page. âAlthough we are very fortunate to have the support of our town, local businesses and a bunch of wonderful volunteers to help put this event on, there are always those expenses that need to be paid to make the event safe and comfortable for everyone. And, not to mention, we also want to make a little money to donate to the Plainville Community Fund, which does so much for charitable projects and programs in our community to help enhance the lives of our residents.â
The event has four levels of sponsorship and all sponsors will have their names or organizationâs name carved into Jack OâLanterns on a pumpkin tower.
ïźâThe Great Pumpkinâ Sponsor - $1,000 or more, receives premier placement on the pumpkin tower, their logo on the cover of the event book, a full page ad in the ad book and a logo/link on all social media for the event.
ïź âPumpkin Patchâ Sponsor - $750, receives a pumpkin on the pumpkin tower, a half-page ad in the ad book and their logo on social media.
ïźâJack âO Lanternâ Sponsor - $500, receives a pumpkin on the pumpkin tower, a quarter page ad in the ad book and their logo on social media.
ïźâPumpkin Pie Sponsorâ - $250, receives a pumpkin on the pumpkin tower, their name in the ad book and logo on the website.
For more information, or to sign-up as a vendor, email Dargenio at email@example.com or visit plainvillepumpkinfest.com or connect on Facebook at facebook.com/plainvillepumpkinfest.
Sponsor checks can be made out to Plainville Pumpkinfest c/o Kris Dargenio, 16 Dewey Ave., Plainville CT 06062.
The third annual festival itself will be held, rain or shine, Oct. 21 from 4 to 9 p.m., downtown from the Plainville Fire Station to Plainville Public Library. The festival will be free to enter, but donations are welcome.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.