The 21st annual Blackwood Pumpkin Festival features nonstop family entertainment on four stage areas, along with plenty of food, games, rides and fun for all ages. This event, sponsored by Mainstage Center for the Arts, Beneficial Bank and Elauwit Media, was postponed due to rain this past Sunday and is now rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. along and around the Black Horse Pike in downtown Blackwood.
The entertainment lineup includes:
- Mainstage Center for the Arts Harmony and Encore Show Choirs. Harmony is comprised of high-school students, while Encore features middle-schoolers. Their professionally choreographed performances are full of energy and fun music.
- Mainstage Center for the Arts School of Dance will be performing routines that represent several of the different styles of dance classes that are offered at the school—ballet, contemporary, Broadway style, and hip hop.
- Payton Taylor. During the summer of 2012, South Jersey native Payton Taylor performed at several of the country's largest music festivals, such as Summerfest in Milwaukee, WI, and the CMA (Country Music Association) Music Festival in Nashville, TN. She has released her debut CD, Shine, and has opened for major artists such as Casey James, Chuck Wicks, Collin Raye, Lorrie Morgan, Pam Tillis, and the legendary Charlie Daniels Band.
- Evan Michael is a modern country singer-songwriter and Nashville recording artist from Towson, MD. Michael released his debut, self-titled EP in April 2011 and his debut country single, “June Night” (written with Leah Burkey), on Aug. 3. He’s recently been writing and recording for a new album in Nashville, TN.
- Camille Peruto, an 18-year-old singer-songwriter from Stratford, NJ. She has participated in concerts, benefits, festivals and more. Camille loves playing her original music and covering both modern and classic songs. She will be releasing a 12-track original CD very soon.
- Cherry Hill High School East Mime Company. The mimes return to the Pumpkin Festival year after year to entertain audiences without saying a word.
“I’m very excited to be back performing for Mainstage at the Pumpkin Festival. Lately, I’ve had a lot of out-of-state performances, so it will be nice to be home to see my old friends and familiar faces. For me, it doesn’t feel like fall until Pumpkin Festival. And, I always enjoy the crowd here,” Taylor said.
For those who prefer to join in the act, there is a talent show, comprised of pre-registered acts, at noon, as well as a costume parade at 11:15 a.m and costume contest at 1:30 p.m. at the festival’s Railroad Stage.
For more information about the Blackwood Pumpkin Festival, call 856-227-3091 or 609-405-0306. To learn more about Mainstage Center for the Arts, click here.
Since parking in downtown Blackwood fills up quickly, free parking with a free shuttle bus service to the festival is available at Highland Regional High School.
Stacy Napolitano is public relations professional for Mainstage Center for the Arts.