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One Night Left for Popular Great Pumpkin Fest

The annual pumpkin display, put on by the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, continues on Halloween night with special entertainment and a costume event.

As many as 1,000 people visited the Great Pumpkin Fest in Whitefish Bay each day since it started, absent one.

But if you missed the annual pumpkin extravaganza, don't worry. There's one day left: Halloween.

The fest is held at Old Schoolhouse Park, located directly across from the Public Library, 5429 N. Marlborough Drive. The event on Wednesday is from 6 to 9 p.m.  The festival will feature a special lighting, costume, and trick or treat event.

The entertainment for Halloween Wednesday is a Storyteller Theater of Milwaukee /Zombie Jamboree. "They'll start their performance at 6:30 p.m. Apparently it's a group of 5-10 folks, in costume, performing spooky 5-10 minute ghost stories/songs/legends. They'll perform from 6:30-8:30 or so," said Kevin Buckley of the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation, which puts on the Great Pumpkin Fest.

Matt Zembrowski, of the Storyteller Theater, used to live in Whitefish Bay and was a high school musical director in the community, Buckley said.

"The GPF has been a great success this year, with huge crowds each night, minus Thursday which had rain," added Buckley. "It's hard to estimate attendance because folks may walk the park and leave after 20 minutes, or they stay for food and music for an hour plus. We're estimating crowds of 1000-1,500 each night to date. Not bad for a tiny park with no parking lot."

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The strong attendance so far was driven in part by the concert Sunday night by local musician Pat McCurdy. "It's flatly amazing that McCurdy's first album was in 1979, he has 13 albums and lives in Whitefish Bay," said Kevin Buckley, a Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation board member. "As far as I know, last (Sunday) night was Pat's first (public) concert in WFB. It was a huge success ... usually we have a light crowd on Sunday night ... McCurdy packed them in."

A few left items behind over the weekend: A lone boot. A stuffed ghost. A pair of blue mittens. The Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation is using social media to publicize the items in its lost and found.

"People can retrieve the items on Wednesday at the GPF," Buckley said. "Then after the GPF ends, we will transfer the lost/found box to Village Hall and they'll keep it for a few weeks before tossing."

It all ends Halloween night.

"Early Thursday morning, the Whitefish Bay Public Works Department will descend upon the park and truck the pumpkins to a composting area, break down the tables, tents, etc.," said Buckley.

For more information, check out the Whitefish Bay Civic Foundation's Facebook page.

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