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Pumpkin Fun

by Russell Swanson, Exec. Dir., VDID, Main Street Vineland
It’s getting to be that time of year—pumpkins, jack-o’-lanterns, costumes, trick-or-great, cider. When fall is in the air, it gets to be Halloween time and in downtown Vineland, that means our annual Pumpkin Patch Party on The Ave.
This year, it’ll be on Saturday, October 28, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the mini-parks, Landis Avenue and the Boulevard. Now in its eight year, it’s an event that attracts 150 children and parents for a few hours of wholesome holiday fun, games, and fellowship. We’ll have music and fun with DJ Tony from  Gambino Entertainment, pumpkin painting, trunk-or-treat and candy for children age 14 and under, courtesy of G.E. Mechanical.
The event also serves to make the mini-park a destination and a focal point on The Ave. Be sure to take a selfie in front of the Embracing Peace sculpture in front of the military mural when you are there. Sponsorship opportunities are available.
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Earlier that week will be our 12th A Taste of Vineland & Volunteer Recognition event on Wednesday, October 25 at the Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course in Vineland. The major sponsors are First Choice Freezer & Cold Storage and M & O Freezer & Cold Storage. Many of Vineland’s finest restaurants will be offering samples of their signature dishes—main courses, appetizers, and desserts. There will be a silent auction and much more.
At the event, we’ll recognize those who have worked closely with them on their projects and initiatives. Carl Hemple, who has been actively involved in our events, will receive the “Volunteer of the Year” Award. City of Vineland’s Landis Avenue public works team is being recognized as the “Community Partner” for their close collaboration with Main Street Vineland on a keeping our downtown clean, attractive and safe as well as assisting with events.
Sandy Forosisky is being honored with the Samuel L. Levy Lifetime Achievement Award for her decades of support to our organization. This event is sold out, so we are hoping you already have your tickets in hand.

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