FREEPORT – The 17th annual Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival will set L.L. Bean aglow with approximately 7,500 jack-o-lanterns on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 95 Main St. The jack-o-lanterns will light the way to a full schedule of free family fun, including music, a costume parade, pumpkin carving and games.
Organizers hope to raise $60,000 for Camp Sunshine, an award-winning, year-round retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families on the shores of Sebago Lake in Casco. At camp, attendees join other families on similar journeys and experience the benefits of empathy and encouragement, respite and recreation, and hope and inspiration.
Funds are raised by sponsorships and donations made online and collected in person on the day of the festival. To support the event and Camp Sunshine’s mission, you can sponsor a pumpkin by going to campsunshinepumpkinfestivals.org.
For more information, contact Kayley Walker at 207-655-3800 or visit campsunshinepumpkinfestivals.org
12- 5 p.m.: Pumpkin Playland: Children’s Games
12-5 p.m.: Pumpkin carving open to the public
12-8 p.m.: Cauldron Café: tasty pumpkin treats
12-8 p.m.: Boo-tique: Buy your festival gear
1-3:30 p.m.: Mad Science of Maine booth
3:30 p.m.: – Costume parade led by Miss Maine
5 p.m.: – Lighting of all pumpkins
8 p.m.- Festival concludes
About Camp Sunshine
Founded in 1984, Camp Sunshine provides retreats combining respite, recreation and support, while enabling hope and promoting joy, for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families through the various stages of a child’s illness.
Camp Sunshine is the only program in the nation offered year-round with the distinction of having been designed to serve the entire family in a retreat model. The program is free of charge to families and includes on-site medical support. Bereavement sessions are also offered for families who have experienced the death of a child from a supported illness. campsunshine.org