Annual Pumpkin Show Festival returns to Salem County Fairgrounds

The 18th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10.

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The 18th annual South Jersey Pumpkin Show will open to the public on Saturday, Oct. 9 and Sunday, Oct. 10. This two-day “Festival of Pumpkins” will be held at the Salem County Fairgrounds, 735 Harding Highway, Woodstown. Families are invited to attend in support  for small, local businesses and create memories that will last a lifetime.   

Featured this year is Joe Wenal of Rocky Mountain Carvers and Carve Wars. Wenal will create award-winning custom carves from a chainsaw both days of the festival. American Grim will be showcased on Saturday night as well as a light show you don’t want to miss. 

The South Jersey Pumpkin Show has become one of the best ways to welcome the autumn harvest with kids and parents alike. Festival goers visiting will enjoy pumpkin desserts, over 150 vendor booths, Fall Home Show, fun contests, give-a-ways, wine sampling, food court, Amusement Rides, pony rides and hayrides around the fairgrounds. The festival will host a variety of live musical acts daily. 

The giant Pumpkin Pyramid, filled with pumpkins, gourds and mums, represents everything beautiful about the fall harvest. Each year, dozens of the participating vendors compete for prizes for the best fall scarecrows. Visiting festival goers are invited to help pick the winners. 

Saturday activities include the Adults Pumpkin Toss and the Pumpkin Dessert Contest with free sampling. Saturday will showcase a reading of the legend of Sleepy Hollow and the arrival of the Headless Horsemen at the graveyard. The Halloween Costume Contest and Trick or Treat Stroll for kids ages 4-10 begins at 6 p.m.

Sunday events will start with the All-Breed Fun Dog Show at noon and Little Miss Pumpkin Show Queen Pageant at 2 p.m. Come search for one of our Halloween Painted Rocks and win amazing prizes. 

The Salem County Fairgrounds is located just a few miles from Delaware Memorial Bridge. Admissions is free with the parking fee at $5 a carload. Free trick or treat bags and free pumpkins/gourds for the first 200 kids daily. This event runs rain or shine. 

Visit the website for details and updates at www.sjpumpkinshow.com. Vendors and sponsors are being sought. All N.J. state and CDC COVID-19 regulations will be in place. Call 856-765-0118 with questions.