Children and their families are invited to join the fall festivities at the Women in Business Pumpkin Festival presented by Convergys Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cedar City Main Street Park. A five dollar entry fee per child gets children access to all of the day’s events plus a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch sponsored by Ken Robinson’s Pumpkin Patch. Activity booths are sponsored by local businesses and organizations and include a Home Depot craft, fish pond, cupcake walk, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin putt putt, bounce houses, face painting and more.
This year’s event will bring many of last year’s favorite activity booths to the event, as well as some new exciting additions such as a climbing wall and bounce houses. In addition ,food will be available for an affordable price for families who want to spend the day at the event. This year Brody’s Mexican Restaurant will be selling street tacos at the event and the Chamber of Commerce will be selling hot dogs.
Funds raised from the event are used to award scholarships to women in Iron County who plan on attending an accredited college or university in Iron County. Last year, Women in Business awarded eight scholarships from funds raised through the Pumpkin Festival and the Women in Business Expo that is held in February.
This year Women in Business is asking families to bring a non-perishable food item to the check in booth at the Pumpkin Festival to donate to the Southern Utah University Hope Pantry. It is not mandatory for entry, but the WIB organization wants to support this food pantry that helps feed financially strapped college students. The food drive for “starving students” reflects the organization’s commitment to encouraging continuing education in our community.
“We are so grateful for all of the businesses and organizations that have stepped forward to donate to this event and cause this year, whether they are donating money, time, a booth or volunteers,” said 2013 Women in Business President, Rachelle Hughes. “Our presenting sponsor Convergys, has thrown an enormous amount of support into the event from both a donation in money to a donation in time and materials.” The festival’s gold sponsors were also some of the first businesses to support this year’s event. Southwest Applied Technology College, SUU Public Relations Department, Cherry Creek Radio, Robinson’s Pumpkin Patch, and Rocky Mountain Power.