Pumpkins and More

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-treat, 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 30, rain or shine, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the mini-parks, Landis Avenue and the Boulevard. Now in its sixth year and with supporting sponsorship by Lidl, it’s an event that attracts 100 children and parents for a few hours of good, clean, wholesome holiday fun, games, and fellowship. We’ll have music and fun with DJ Zach, pumpkin painting, candy for children age 14 and under courtesy of G.E. Mechanical, and more.

The event also serves to make the mini-park a destination and a focal point on The Ave. The event will be held in accordance with COVID safety measures. What’s more, you’ll be back home in plenty of time for trick-or-treating later. What could be better than that. So, make the mini-parks your destination on October 30 for fall fun. Sponsorship opportunities are available.

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Earlier that week will be our 10th A Taste of Vineland & Volunteer Recognition Event, returning after a one-year hiatus. on Wednesday, October 27 from 6 of 9 p.m., at the Greenview Inn at Eastlyn Golf Course, 4049 Italia Ave., 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—as well as a fabulous silent auction and much more. At the event, we’ll recognize those who have worked closely with them on their projects and initiatives.

Kirk and Kathleen Maven, who have been actively involved in all our events, will receive the “Volunteers of the Year” Award. They’re being honored for always being there to volunteer when help is needed from event conception to implementation.

Members 1st of NJ Federal Credit Union is being recognized as the “Community Partner” for their close collaboration with Main Street Vineland on a number of projects and events including sponsorships and grant assistance.

SNJ Today is being recognized as the “Media Partner” for the regular coverage, publicity, and support they have given us in print, online, and radio. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and ad space will be available in the event program book. Tickets are $40 and are on sale now, and proceeds will go toward downtown beautification, business recruitment and development, and events. Tables of 10 are available for $400. Tickets can be obtained online by going to the event link on the Main Street Vineland website—www.TheAve.biz. A limited number of tickets are available at the Main Street Vineland office. Please call the Main Street Vineland office at 856-794-8653 for more details. Come out and show your support.

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