All that is fall and family celebrated

The 15th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival, presented by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, is underway.

It’s time to celebrate the pumpkin in Armstrong and Spallumcheen.

The 15th annual Harvest Pumpkin Festival, presented by the Armstrong Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce, is underway.

“With school back in, and everybody getting back into a routine, the festival has people ready to celebrate,” said Patti Noonan, the chamber’s executive director. “It’s truly a celebration of fall and family.”

Community events highlight the first week of the festival.

Today’s events range from visiting Glaicar’s Pumpkin Patch on St. Anne’s Road to family ice skating at the Nor-Val Sports Centre, family roller skating at the Hassen Arena and a screening of Fantastic Four at Centennial Theatre.

There are a number of events planned throughout the week leading to Family Day on Saturday, Oct. 10.

Things will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday at the IPE grounds with the Armstrong Farmers’ Market, the Valley First Feed the Valley Pancake Breakfast, the Armstrong Regional Co-op’s giant pumpkin weigh-in, and the Rancho Vignola/Rogers Foods Somethin’ Pumpkin baking contest.

Events at 10 a.m. will include the Some Like It Hot chili cookoff, face painting, Askew’s Foods’ cupcake decorating, petting soon, the SPARC pumpkin carving and North Okanagan Lawn Tractor practice and racing.

The Armstrong Legion presents rutabaga bowling at 11, along with family scarecrow building and results from the giant pumpkin weigh-in and chili cookoff.

Trials for the VantageOne Great Pumpkin Launch begin at 12:15, with the actual launch event starting at 1 p.m.

The major event of Sunday, Oct. 11, is metal mayhem at its finest.

For the third year in a row, the Armstrong Demolition Derby will run in the IPE main ring from 10 a.m. to approximately 6 p.m.

On Thanksgiving Monday, families and everyone are encouraged to take part in the Great Pumpkin Run at the IPE grounds.

Registration is from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the horticulture building, a race warm-up is slated for 9:45 a.m. and the run begins at 10 a.m.

A full list of events and sponsors can be found at, or on the chamber’s Facebook page.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Hillview Elementary students Emma Li and Mina Nadeau were awarded by the Premier’s office for winning the annual holiday card contest. (Karen Rogers photo)
Vernon students’ art featured on Premier’s cards

Hillview youth chosen for annual holiday card contest

COVID-19 related deaths at Oliver, West Kelowna and Vernon senior care homes

Sunnybank, Heritage Retirement Residence and Noric House recorded deaths over the weekend

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
253 new COVID-19 cases, 4 more deaths in Interior Health over the weekend

More than 1,000 cases in the region remain active

A portion of 34th Street will be closed to through traffic as of Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, while sewer upgrades are underway. (City of Vernon)
Sewer upgrades to close Vernon road

Motorists are to expect some delays around portion of 34th Street starting Wednesday

This dog is going to the SPCA if its owner isn't found. (RDNO Dog Control photo)
Owners sought after dog ‘dumped’ near Vernon school

Pup is now either getting adopted or going to the SPCA

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepares a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic, April 21, 2020. (B.C. Government)
B.C. adjusts COVID-19 vaccine rollout for delivery slowdown

Daily cases decline over weekend, 31 more deaths

Interior Health confirms vaccination of priority populations has begun in Salmon Arm. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
COVID-19 vaccinations underway in Salmon Arm

Interior Health confirms vaccination of priority populations has begun

This is the location, 3240 Skaha Lake Road, of where BC Housing plans to build a four storey supportive housing project for the homeless and at risk of being homeless. (Jesse Day Western News)
Penticton mayor and MLA concerned about new BC Housing project

‘Penticton already has its fair share’ of BC Housing projects

Interior Health declared the COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home over Monday, Jan. 18, 2020. (File photo)
COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place care home declared over

‘This has been one of our most challenging outbreaks so far,’ says chief medical health officer

Penticton Bylaw officer Glenn Smith, as well as resident Zak Laycock (not pictured), received the Governor General Award from the Royal Canadian Humane Association to recognize their heroism in a summer 2019 incident. (Contributed)
Bylaw officer and Penticton resident given awards for intervening in sexual assault

Bylaw officer Glenn Smith said he was simply in the right place at the right time

A female prisoner sent Langford police officers a thank-you card after she spent days in their custody. (Twitter/West Shore RCMP)
Woman gives Victoria-area jail 4.5-star review in handwritten card to police after arrest

‘We don’t often get thank you cards from people who stay with us, but this was sure nice to see’: RCMP

An elk got his antlers caught up in a zip line in Youbou over the weekend. (Conservation Officer Service Photo)
Elk rescued from zip line in Youbou on Vancouver Island

Officials urge people to manage items on their property that can hurt animals

An Abbotsford man was killed in a motor vehicle accident on Highway 3 on Monday, Jan. 18. (Black Press file photo)
Abbotsford man killed in Highway 3 crash near Hedley

Fatality was discovered by passing tow truck driver

A Trail man has a lucky tin for a keepsake after it saved him from a stabbing last week. File photo
Small tin in Kootenay man’s jacket pocket saved him from stabbing: RCMP

The man was uninjured thanks to a tin in his jacket

Most Read