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Sunday, 7 October, 2012 9:12 AM

28th Annual South Lyon Pumpkinfest was a fun time for all

PHOTO BY JEROME RZUCIDLO / ©AMERICAJR.com

A high school student doing karaoke on the main stage on Sept. 29, 2012.

 

by Gloria Rzucidlo
gloria1025@yahoo.com

 

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SOUTH LYON, Mich. -- The 28th annual Pumpkinfest in South Lyon was underway this weekend, September 29 and 30, 2012. It was a beautiful sunny day as we walked around the streets of downtown South Lyon, located at the crossroads of 10 Mile and Pontiac Trail.

The Pumpkinfest began with a parade, which is 2.1 miles long. The South Lyon Police Department and volunteers were on hand to help maintain a smooth, steady flow of parade traffic. There were more than 100 units in the parade. Long-time residents Bill and Linda Erwin of Erwin's Orchards served as thegrand marshals.

The Farmers Market tent was a big hit, with pumpkins, gourds, mums, baked goods and cupcakes for sale. Vendors displayed their final harvests and seasonal wares. They also displayed their quality hand-crafted treasures for everything you need to get your homes and gardens ready for the fall display.

Attendees had the opportunity to stock their pantries and freezers with edible delights from food vendors such as Diana's Heirlooms, seasonally-flavored mini-breads, and a collection of unique, flavorful homemade jams. Other returning food vendors were Great Harvest Bread, Jenna Marie Chocolates and Heart of the Hive Apiary, which harvests their honey from local hives. You can sample a variety of honey flavors or purchase honey sticks or other bees wax products.

Carnival games give charities a slam dunk. Organizations such as Girl Scout Troops, Oak Pointe Church and South Lyon Orthodontics had children's games and will donate their entire earnings back to the Pumpkinfest or the Kiwanis Club. There were many inflatables for the younger kids including a rock wall. I have never seen so many inflatables. Tickets for the carnival-style games and inflatables were in $1 increments and could also be used for beverages.

There was also a craft show located at the Millennium Middle School, which showcased Michigan made products. More than 100 Michigan artisans featured yard ornaments, candles and cooking products as well as seasonal decor. All proceeds from this event will benefit the South Lyon Wrestling Boosters.

Beer and wine were offered at the Pumpkin Garten Beverage Tent. The music at the Main Stage on Sunday was high schoolers doing karaoke along with the band, Bill Bynum and Co., which sang country songs. Their music brought that "down on the farm" theme from the Pumpkinfest, a fitting tribute given this city's deep-rooted heritage in the agricultural and farming industry.

All in all, it was a fun time for all. Next year stop in for the 29th annual Pumpkinfest.

For more information about the South Lyon Pumpkinfest, visit www.southlyonpumpkinfest.com.

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Karaoke performer

 

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Mini Ambulance for the kids

 

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Lots of pumpkins

 

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Dianas' Heirloom Produce of Highland, Mich.

 

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Cupcakes for sale

 

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