Pumpkinfest supports Special Olympics in a spooktacular way in Salem

Roanoke Valley News

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — From witches to princesses to famous people like DJ Marshmellow, the streets of Salem were filled with the Halloween spirit on Friday!

It was a sea of parents and kids for the 21st annual Q99 Pumpkinfest at the Salem Farmers Market on Friday, Oct. 29. This year’s event was filled with fun; games; and, of course, trick-or-treating.

Pumpkin contest at the City of Salem’s Pumpkinfest (Photo: Kelsey Jean-Baptiste/WFXR News)

Ashley Durkin, the organizer of Pumpkinfest, says they wanted to make the event all-inclusive.

“We moved this to a Friday night in 2019 to create an atmosphere for everyone,” explained Durkin. “So, we do the pumpkin carving contest, trick or treating, inflatables, carnival games, as well as the live band and the beer truck for the adults.”

Businesses along Main Street also took part in Friday’s festivities, with all of the proceeds going to the Special Olympics.

“We really do it to give back for the Special Olympics. It is a great fundraiser for them, and they have fun doing it. Kids come out dress in costumes, and it is awesome,” said Durkin.

The fun is not over, though, because kids will trick-or-treat up and down Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 30.

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