Sunday, 20 October 2013 07:05

Foremost Library Pumpkin Festival looks to be growing again

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The Foremost Public Library has held a major fundraiser for the last 25 years in order to generate funds to keep the library operational.


This year is no different.
In 2003, they had a pumpkin-growing, pumpkin decorating contest to the event and it really took off.
This year’s event takes place at the Foremost Community Hall starting at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 25.
It includes a meal, the display of the winning pumpkins and the ever-popular and ever-growing Promise and Products live and silent auctions.
Money raised from the event goes to purchase library materials and sponsor literacy programs.
Library officials receive so many donations they actually arrange the names of the donors and what is available in a book.
Joan Beutler, the library manager, says it’s gratifying to see the support they do.
“It’s the only fundraiser that we do,” explains Beutler. “People say we have such a beautiful library and it’s because of the hard work from everyone and this fundraiser.”
Beutler says the Friends of the Library group does a great job in organizing the event. She says, while it’s only in the initial stages of receiving notices back, but it looks like the vast majority of previous sponsors will donate again this year. It’s quite a an extensive list.
Beutler believes there are 50 volunteers who help with the event including students who set up chairs to all the women who make pies and the meals.
While they get a lot of appreciated support from across southern Alberta including Lethbridge and Medicine Hat, she says they get donations from as far away as Fort McMurray, Edmonton and Calgary including from the Flames and the Stampeders.
“It turns out wonderful,” explains Beutler.
She also gets national donations from Robert Bateman and Robert Munch.
“It’s a very generous province ... and to get Canadian icons is great.”

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