Pumpkin Festival canceled due to COVID-19



This young girl tries her hand at painting a pumpkin during the 2019 Davison Pumpkin Festival. File photo

This young girl tries her hand at painting a pumpkin during the 2019 Davison Pumpkin Festival. File photo

DAVISON — For the first time in 30 years, Davison will not have its annual Downtown Development Authority Pumpkin Festival, thanks to the continuing threat of COVID-19.

The Davison Downtown Development Authority voted last week to cancel the annual fall event on what would have been its 30th year ushering in Halloween.

With the cancellation, the DDA is also cancelling the popular Trunk or Treat event, usually held the Friday of Pumpkin Festival weekend.

Mayor Tim Bishop, who also serves on the DDA, said the cancellation was unfortunate, but necessary for the health and safety of the community.

“The decision to cancel Pumpkin Fest was not an easy one, as we feel that those are two of our showcase events as a downtown and a city,” said Bishop. “The best decision at this time is to play it safe and skip a year. But the 2021 pumpkin fest will happen, and we have a few things in the hopper to make it even better.”

The festival usually offers many activities and competitions for kid of all ages to enter for prizes, ribbons and bragging rights, including pumpkin painting, pumpkin pie and pizza eating contests, rock paper scissors, minute-to-win-it games, prison bus escape, dunk-a-pumpkin, gaga ball and salsa judging.

Other fun events include local dancers and singers, vendors and crafters, hayrides, inflatables, food trucks, demonstrations and a giant pumpkin drop.