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Rural pumpkin festival moving forward with in-person event

Metz's Pumpkinfest will feature a weigh-off and a pumpkin cannon firing gourds into the sky
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A selection of giant pumpkins from 2020's pumpkin festival. Keegan Kozolanka/GuelphToday file photo

METZ – Gourds will be flying in the country as a festival dedicated to pumpkins is moving forward with an in-person event this year. 

The Metz Pumpkinfest, held in a small hamlet north of Fergus, is going ahead with an in-person event for its 16th year. 

Last summer just featured a giant pumpkin growing contest, largely between local politicians with Centre Wellington mayor Kelly Linton winning the bragging rights with a 370 lb pumpkin. 

The giant pumpkin contest will be going ahead again this year but there will also be a pumpkin cannon slinging them through the sky. 

Organizers state the event will be proceeding rain or shine with food, music and family activities. 

Attendees must register in advance by emailing james.coffy@outlook.com. Maximum attendance is 100. 

All COVID protocols will be in effect subject to provincial guidelines at the time. 

The event is going forward on Sept. 25 beginning at 2 p.m at St. Paul’s United Church on Sideroad 25 and 3 Line.