FREEPORT, Maine — Organizers of the 10th annual Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival have set a goal of displaying 10,000 illuminated jack-o’-lanterns at the daylong, family-friendly charity event, noon-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at the L.L. Bean store.
Proceeds from the event, sponsored by Hancock Lumber and TD Bank, will benefit Camp Sunshine in Casco.
Each pumpkin is sponsored with a $10 donation, and only pumpkins that are sponsored will be carved and displayed. Camp Sunshine has set a goal to raise $100,000, enough to cover the cost of an entire week at camp for more than 50 families.
To sponsor a pumpkin, visit campsunshine.org/pumpkinfestival or text CAMP to 20222. Festival participants also can help by sponsoring pumpkins at the event. As of Wednesday, Oct. 17, 6,067 pumpkins had been sponsored.
The festival will feature children’s activities, entertainment, food, costume parade, corporate carving challenge, pumpkin whoopie pie-eating contest and a full schedule of bands rotating on stage throughout the day.
Drawings will award 10 round-trip JetBlue tickets and 10 $100 L.L. Bean gift cards to lucky winners.
Also, several new teams have signed up to take part in the Corporate Carving Challenge and vie for the title won by Downeast Energy last year. Teams of up to 10 are given 10 minutes to carve as many pumpkins as possible. Any corporate team that wishes to join should call Camp Sunshine at 655-3800 or visit the festival website for information.
Schools that have volunteered to assist in pumpkin prepping and will deliver as many as 5,000 carved pumpkins to the event include Freeport High School, Freeport Middle School, Mast Landing School and Morse Street School, all in Freeport; and Cheverus High School in Portland, Falmouth Elementary School, Gray-New Gloucester High School, Lake Region High School in Bridgton and Mount Ararat High School in Topsham.