Mid-size crowd of men and women wearing masks stand outside in front of wooden fence, some people hoding pumpkin sings

The Petawawa Ramble Residential Harvest Display Contest were announced on Oct. 14. The winners received their awards from contest sponsor Cindy Sell of RE/MAX Pembroke Realty Ltd. From left are Riverview Apartments decorators Regan Jones, Jill Buckwald, Linda Brunette and Joy Kuehl, First Place Most Unique Harvest Display (MUHD) winners Bruce and Brenda Gillies, Cindy Sell, Second Place Best Harvest Display with a Theme (BHDT) winners David and Dorry Ann Godin, BHDT First place Winner Tina McNish and Honourable Mention Natalie Keenan with Pawston Matthews. Missing from the Riverview Apartments’ display are Cathy Warren and Vickie McCauley as well as the other winners. (Photo by Patricia Leboeuf, Petawawa Post)

Petawawa’s Pumpkin Folks Residential Harvest Display winners chosen

By Patricia Leboeuf

Posted on Thursday November 4, 2021

The Petawawa Ramble and Pumpkin Folks Festival kicked off with the announcement of the residential harvest display contest winners.

About 20 homes participated, and all of them showcased Pumpkin Folk in creative and imaginative ways to win some bragging rights and bring seasonal joy to the area.

Judges, onlookers and contestants gathered at the Petawawa office of Re/Max Pembroke Realty Ltd. on Oct. 14 to see whose display captured judges’ hearts.

And with such talented decorators, the competition was steep.

Cindy Sell, sponsor of the residential contest, and her team of judges evaluated photo submissions and conducted on-site visits to see the top displays. From this, they narrowed it down to three winners in two categories: Most Unique Harvest Display and Best Harvest Display with a Theme. The Best Neighbourhood award went unclaimed.

Though all the displays were beautifully done, organizers would love to see the residential display component of the festival grow.

“Many homes got into the spirit and decorated but did not register to participate and so could not be considered for prizes by the judging panel,” said Sell.

Last year, organizers added the residential contest to the festival’s roster as an activity for residents and visitors to be able to ramble throughout the town together without worry.

“This year we had some amazing entries,” said Sell. “We kind of had a little bit of a fight with the judges because they were all so fantastic.”

Most Unique Harvest Display first place winner was Bruce Gillies with his “Animated Fairy” display. Second place went to Mindy and Blair Jones with their “Ghost Busters” display, and the third-place winner was Cathy Warren with her “Pumpunzel and Prince” display.

The first place winner for the Best Harvest Display with a Theme was Tina McNish with her “Selfie Stop” display. In second place was Dorry Ann Godin with her “Little Garden Shop” display, and third place went to the Petawawa Housing Corporation with their “Seniors Apartment” display. Natalie Keenan received an honourable mention Judges’ Choice award for her “Gnomes” display.

The residents of Country Lane were also given a mention due to the sheer number of beautiful displays found there, but due to lack of registrations to participate, no neighbourhood was given an official award.

The Festival is in its third year and was originally the brainchild of Val Hyska and Ann McIntyre. With little hesitation, the Petawawa Business Advisory Network (PBAN), the Town of Petawawa and its partners picked it up and grew it into a fall event like no other.

“We couldn’t do it without the business community and PBAN members who worked hard to bring this forward,” said Christine Mitchell, Petawawa’s Economic Development Officer.

The festival was held from Oct. 14 to 17 and featured autumnal festivities and displays throughout the town.