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UCP of Maine’s ‘Pumpkins in the Park’ returns for a 19th edition

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BANGOR – Pumpkins in the Park, a fun Halloween-themed fundraiser for UCP of Maine, will return with a 19th edition, beginning October 22, and will include an extra day, according to the social services organization.

The 2021 edition of Pumpkins in the Park will be a virtual edition, like last year, according to Andrew Lohman, marketing and communications manager for UCP of Maine. Citing continuing uncertainty connected to the pandemic, Lohman said the event will be conducted online with participants being encouraged to share photos each day on their social media pages while tagging UCP of Maine.

“We’re asking folks to use the hashtag #PumpkinsInThePark and #UCPofMaine when they post photos connected to the events going on each day,” Lohman said.

Pumpkins in the Park will be a nine-day event this year with festivities scheduled from October 22 to October 30. The additional event this year will be “Halloween Movie & TV Show Appreciation Day,” which is scheduled to take place on October 25. This event is being sponsored by Mainely Eyes.

Pumpkins in the Park participants are being encouraged to think of their favorite Halloween movies and TV shows and post images connected to them while tagging UCP of Maine, according to Lohman.

Two of the scheduled events will run for the entire week, including a “Halloween Scavenger Hunt”, sponsored by Beal College, which is scheduled to begin October 22. Participants are encouraged to look for the clues sheet posted on UCP of Maine’s social media pages.

“People should be looking for signs on business or landmarks featuring the image of a pumpkin bearing the UCP of Maine logo,” Lohman said. “When you find a spot related to a clue, you’ll find a pumpkin with our logo.”

The other event scheduled to run through the duration of Pumpkins in the Park is the “Halloween Trivia Sheet” contest, scheduled to begin on October 23, sponsored by Barressi Financial Inc. The questions will be available on that day, but the contest runs all week, according to Lohman.

Other scheduled events include “Halloween Candy Appreciation Day” on October 24, sponsored by S.J. Rollins Technologies. A “Halloween Coloring and Drawing Contest” is scheduled for October 26, sponsored by Machias Savings Bank. “Story Reading w/The Briar Patch,” sponsored by The Shop Inc., is scheduled for October 27. The “Halloween Costume Contest,” sponsored by Central Maine Wireless, is scheduled for October 28. The contest has four categories – babies, kids, adults and pets. The “Pumpkin Carving Contest,” sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, is scheduled for October 29, while the “Halloween Decorating Contest,” sponsored by Kids Peace, is scheduled for October 30.

Prizes awarded for each category will be announced on UCP of Maine’s social media pages. In addition to posting images and tagging UCP of Maine on their social media pages, Lohman encourages participants to also utilize the UCP of Maine Facebook event page for Pumpkins in the Park.

Pumpkins in the Park is an important fundraiser for UCP of Maine. The organization has traditionally relied on admission fees when conducting the event in person. To offset that loss during the virtual editions of Pumpkins in the Park last year and in 2021, UCP of Maine called upon local businesses and organizations to sponsor each day’s event.

“Thanks to the individual event sponsorships from generous area businesses, we’re able to keep Pumpkins in the Park going,” Lohman said, adding next year’s 20th edition will be an important one for UCP of Maine.

“We really want to get back to doing this in person next year and we’re planning a very special one for our 20th edition of Pumpkins in the Park.”

All event sponsorships will help UCP of Maine in supporting children and adults with physical and intellectual needs in the community.

UCP of Maine offers program for in-home child and family treatment and outpatient therapy. UCP of Maine also supports four residential homes in Bangor and Brewer for adults diagnosed with developmental or intellectual disabilities. The organization also operates the Elizabeth Levinson Center, a 24-hour, 14-bed intermediate care facility for medically fragile children and adults with significant cognitive and medical needs.

Last modified on Wednesday, 20 October 2021 07:14

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