Boykins announces Pumpkin Fest plans

Published 6:13 pm Thursday, September 24, 2020

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After months of the COVID-19 pandemic canceling every seasonal event, Western Tidewater residents have something to look forward to this fall.

“We are going to have the Pumpkin Fest,” said Town of Boykins Mayor Dr. Carolyn Modlin.

The event will take place rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 17.

“We spent hours and hours trying to make sure all CDC guidelines could be met,” the mayor said. “Signs have been made. Booths will be spaced apart. We’ve taken lots of precautions, such as gaps between vendors and hand-washing stations. Everything we could possibly think of to make sure it’s safe for everyone.”

She added there will even a traffic pattern for walking.

Victoria Edwards, the town clerk, is organizing activities.

“We’re going to have vendors, a kids’ zone with fall festival-type games, entertainment throughout the day. We’ll have a group that clogs and will perform twice. We’re still accepting entertainment.

There will be a costume parade for elementary school-aged children.”

Edwards said to contact her at the town office, 654-6361, for people who want to participate.

The park, however, cannot be opened because “there are not enough persons to keep it clean,” Modlin said. “Dr. Todd Wagner [director of the Western Tidewater Health District] recommend keeping it closed until we could get someone.”