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Pumpkinferno at Fort Henry sells out season with 35K+ visitors

All displays are made of artfully carved pumpkins, and many are arranged into dazzling displays. Photo by Daniel Tastard Homer.

Pumpkinferno was a tremendous hit this season, both the displays at Upper Canada Village, and the new display this year at Fort Henry. The St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC) reported that over 35,000 guests enjoyed the spectacle atop Fort Henry Hill.

“Our mission at St. Lawrence Parks Commission is to generate lasting visitor growth, and drive economic prosperity in Eastern Ontario,” said SLPC Chair, Hon. Bob Runciman. “The economic impact modelling for Pumpkinferno shows that despite the pandemic, we were able to deliver on that and support communities across Eastern Ontario. And perhaps, equally importantly, we provided people and families in the region and beyond a unique opportunity to get out and have some fun together.”

The fan-favourite fall event, running for its first year at Fort Henry in Kingston and for its landmark 10th year at Upper Canada Village in Morrisburg, welcomed a total of more than 78,000 guests along the St. Lawrence corridor for the 2021 season, according to a release from SLPC. Using the Tourism Regional Economic Impact Model, developed by the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, this represents an estimated $10,023,749 in economic impact to the region, the Commission said.

Both events sold out during their run, according to the release, with Fort Henry’s debut welcoming more than 35,000 guests to the west end of the corridor, representing $3,408,224 in visitor spending, and Upper Canada Village’s legacy welcoming more than 43,000 guests to the east end of the corridor, representing $6,615,525 in visitor spending. 

Kingstonist had the pleasure of visiting Pumpkinferno at Fort Henry. Read more about the dazzling displays and see the wonder of the event in our previous coverage.

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