In 1990 the Bucks County Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (BCCADD) asked DeeterUSA to help launch a community-wide initiative to develop a healthier and more caring environment for all generations in the greater Philadelphia area, aiming to raise awareness about the organization’s existence and many services. The following year, through forming strong partnerships with the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Bucks County Historical Society, the Bucks County Pumpkinfest was born.
What began as a simple one-day exhibition with an estimated 500 attendees viewing elaborately carved pumpkins created by local artists developed over the years into a fun-filled family weekend with an estimated attendance of more than 20,000! Intended to represent the important aspects of a healthy lifestyle, Pumpkinfest featured act, music, physical activity, education, and more than 100 volunteers working together. From the Pumpkin 5K run to the variety of food tents to a petting zoo to the musical entertainment on a main stage, Pumpkinfest offered something for everyone. The masterful pumpkin carvings garnered outstanding media coverage, including a stint on ABC’s Good Morning America and The Today Show, and remained the centerpiece attraction over the years. These offered a glimpse into Bucks County’s rich artistic heritage. Since its creation, Pumpkinfest became one of the nation’s premier fall festivals, attracting people from all over the country. As a result, the BCCADD has received national acclaim and their mission of generating awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse while spurring community-wide volunteer involvement has been achieved in spades.