Large crowd of men and women wearing masks stand outside in front of wooden gazebo, some people hoding pumpkin trophies

Posing with their trophies (from left) Gloria Neville from St. John’s Lutheran Church; Gracie, Terry and Samantha Waito from Waito Homes; Anne Smith from Music for Young Children; Pastor Albert Romkema from the church; Linda and Ron Ticknor from the Petawawa Heritage Society; Tina McNish and Jillian McLellan from End of the Leash; Cheryl Jordan from the Country Cupboard; and William Grandy from The Shed. Missing from the photo are Vikas and Rupali Sharma, owners of Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails as well as representatives from Dr. Paula Beanish and Associates. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

55 businesses, organizations take
part in Petawawa Ramble contest

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday November 4, 2021

A legion of Pumpkin Folks temporarily invaded the Town of Petawawa during the third annual Petawawa Ramble festival held from Oct. 14-17. As part of the fun, these pumpkin creations were set in front of businesses or community hotspots so that residents and visitors could take a self-guided tour and discover the neighbourhood. About 200 people then voted for their favourite - and though organizers admit it was a difficult decision as the 55 participating businesses and organizations had some incredible displays, the 2021 Petawawa Ramble Pumpkin Folks Business Decorating Contest had a winner in each of its six categories. These winners were announced on Oct. 27 at Mckie Pools and Spas, as they sponsored this part of the festival. First place for the Best Business Harvest Display went to Waito Homes for their “Construction Zone” display, second place went to Bright Eyes and Bushy Tails with their “Dog Walking” display and in third was End of the Leash Pet Boutique with their “Love of Pets” display. The Best Community Display was tied between the Petawawa Heritage Village and St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Best Business Harvest Display with a Theme went to The Shed for the “Down Home Family” display. An honourable mention, chosen by the public, went to Music for Young Children for her “Music Rocks” display. The Committee’s favourite was Doctor Paula Beanish and Associates for their “Tooth Fairy” display. The Crowd Favourite Award was given to the Country Cupboard for their “Witches” inspired display.