SOUTHINGTON - The first planning meeting for this yearâs PumpkinFest is set for Thursday.
The session will be held at 6 p.m. in the banquet room of Central CafĂ©, at 24 Whiting St., and all are invited.
The first PumpkinFest, which was organized by Kris Dargenio, drew 2,000 people downtown. It also raised $4,500 for the Plainville Community Fund, money that is reinvested in the community.
Last year, the festival was an even bigger hit, collecting $6,000.
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-oâ-lanterns on a pumpkin tower.
nââThe 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.
nââPumpkin Patchâ Sponsor - $750, receives a pumpkin on the pumpkin tower, a half-page ad in the ad book and a logo on social media.
nââJack âO Lanternâ Sponsor - $500, receives a pumpkin on the pumpkin tower, a quarter-page ad in the ad book and a logo on social media.
nââPumpkin Pieâ Sponsor - $250, receives a pumpkin on the pumpkin tower, its 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, 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.