The Harbord Village Residents’ Association and the Harbord Street Business Improvement Area present the tenth annual Harbord Street Pumpkin Festival on Nov. 1st, 2017. HVRA delivers notices to residents, provides volunteers, cider, a membership table and runs a silent auction, while the BIA arranges for tables, setup, labour, teardown and removal. Fair weather or fine, there’s going to be a pleasant buzz of people from near and far enjoying the artistry from Borden Street to Spadina Avenue. Be prepared for bagpipes.
From HSBIA Chair Neil Wright, on the first festival in 2008:
We hoped for 200 visitors. We had over 2,000+ visitors throughout the night. A few professional photographers informed us they have never seen so many people take so many photos at an event. It was estimated 25,000 photos were taken throughout the event.
Harbord Street BIA has been contacted by Bob Darling, Program Manager, Central Area Economic Development City of Brampton who has been following this event over the past 6 months and is aware of its success Saturday night. Mr. Darling is recommending to the Brampton City Council to develop a similar festival for the City of Brampton next year.
And from the Harbord Street Residents Association "It was fun working with you. You took a simple idea, generated a dozen creative spins, but best of all, saw each of those creative ideas through to fruition. I was and remain in awe of what you have done for us. I received many pats on the back last night, and whenever I had the chance, I pointed out that you were the person who made it all happen. On three occasions, my friends said that they had already spoken to you, and that you said I was the main guy behind all this! That was of course an overly generous comment, but I also interpreted it as the mark of a true gentleman."