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Pumpkins in the Park goes digital for its 18th year

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BANGOR - During a time when many traditional events have been postponed or cancelled by the pandemic, UCP of Maine has confirmed that the 18th edition of Pumpkins in the Park, its annual Halloween-themed fundraiser will take place in digital form for one week, beginning Friday, October 23, according to Andrew Lohman, marketing and communications manager for the social services organization.

The 2020 digital version of Pumpkins in the Park is scheduled to include a scavenger hunt, a costume contest and opportunities to show off art and pumpkin carving skills, all utilizing UCP of Maine’s Facebook page, facebook.com/ucpofmaine, and the Pumpkins in the Park event page, also on Facebook.

Pumpkins in the Park began in the fall of 2003 as an awareness builder for many of UCP of Maine’s services and programs. In recent years, it has also become an important fundraiser for the organization, according to Lohman, who says that many options were considered for this year’s event.

“There’s too much risk to attempt a face to face event but we’ve come up with a fun and creative solution that we think people will really enjoy,” Lohman said of the week-long edition of Pumpkins in the Park.

A scavenger hunt, sponsored by Beal College, will kick off the digital version of Pumpkins in the Park on October 23 and will run for the entire week. A sheet of clues will appear that day on UCP of Maine’s Facebook page. Each location will be marked with the UCP of Maine pumpkin logo, and/or can be found on participating businesses website and social media.

Participants should take photos or submit the location where they found the pumpkin logos on UCP of Maine’s Facebook page, or on the Pumpkins in the Park event page, for a chance to win a prize.

The winner for each contest will be determined randomly.

A Halloween trivia sheet, active for the duration of the one-week event, is scheduled to appear on Saturday, October 24, sponsored by Barresi Financial.

Sunday, October 25, will be Halloween Candy Appreciation Day, sponsored by S.J. Rollins Technologies.

“That will be a fun day where we ask folks to post photos of themselves with their favorite candy, just to keep the trick or treating spirit of Pumpkins in the Park alive,” Lohman said. Participants should use the hashtags #pumpkinsinthepark and #ucpofmaine.

Mainely Eyes will sponsor a coloring and drawing contest on Monday, October 26. Participants are urged to submit their art to UCP of Maine’s Facebook page.

Bangor Savings Bank will sponsor storytime with the Briar Patch, on Tuesday, October 27. A representative of the Briar Patch will read two stories for children, with videos posted at UCP of Maine’s Facebook page.

The Shop Inc will sponsor a costume contest for children, babies, adults and pets, on Wednesday, October 28.

A pumpkin carving contest is scheduled for Thursday, October 29, sponsored by Germinator Mobile Sanitizing and Disinfecting.

Pumpkins in the Park will conclude the week of events on Friday, October 30, with a Halloween decorating contest sponsored by Machias Savings Bank.

“People expect to see crazy displays when they come to Pumpkins in the Park,” Lohman says. “We thought it would be fun to see how people are decorating at home, inside and out, for Halloween.”

Because Pumpkins in the Park will be a virtual event this year, each of the event categories will be free to enter, according to Lohman.

“Thankfully, through the individual event sponsorships from generous area businesses, we’re able to keep Pumpkins in the Park going at a time when so many things have been cancelled,” he said.

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

Any individual, business or organization that is interested in making a donation to UCP of Maine is urged to visit ucpofmaine.org or call the main office, located at 700 Mt. Hope Ave. #320 in Bangor, at (207) 941-2952.

UCP of Maine offers programs 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, in addition to 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, 21 October 2020 06:50

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