Prosper Pumpkinfest draws Record Crowds
It was a beautiful day for a wonderful community event last Saturday evening. Frontier Park was transformed into a Fall Festival for the entire family, complete with hundreds of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, hay bales, scarecrows, fall inflatables and a variety of different home-cooked chilis. The weather was perfect and over 5,000 people ventured to the park for the food trucks, shopping and live music. The entertainment was provided by the band In10City, who belted out Top 40s music and kept the massive crowds dancing all evening. They began their show at 5:00 and played until just past dark, allowing their light show to create an even more fun party atmosphere.
Along with the food trucks and Kona Ice, a big highlight of the event was the chili contest. There were seven different types of homemade chili to sample and vote on. Among the entries were a Wagyu beef chili, bison chili, chicken chili, lava beef chili and two different pots of brisket chili. To participate in the voting, after sampling their favorites, festival attendees were given a dry chili bean to vote with. The beans were then counted and the chili with the most dry beans was declared the winner. Hotch and Shelly Van Blarcum, of Prosper, known as the Prosper Eggheads, won this year’s award with their Brisket Chili.
Around 8:00, the kids gathered in front of the band and the lights to participate in the costume contest. There were approximately 25 children who came dressed in their best Halloween costume, hoping to win the prize. Costumes included Spiderman, Ariel, Elsa, Sugar Skull, a skeleton, gorilla and a soldier, among many others. Crowd participation helped determine first and second place awards. After multiple cheering contests, the crowd determined that Baby Snow White would take second place and the Stay Puff Marshmallow man would take the top prize.
Once the costume contest winner was declared, it was time for everyone to grab their popcorn and retreat to their blankets and chairs in anticipation for the start of the movies. It was the perfect fall evening for the residents of Prosper and surrounding areas. The event was coordinated and presented by Cedarbrook Media, and included the following sponsors: Bodine Orthodontics, PROSPER Magazine, Prosper Times, Town of Prosper, Kona Ice, Longo Toyota, Children’s Health Pediatric Group, Prosper Family Dentistry, ReMax Performance Group, Kids R Kids, Prosper Chamber of Commerce, Pinnacle Performance Center, SuddenLink, First United Bank, Market Street, Functional Health Centers and Methodist McKinney Hospital/Prosper Family Medicine.
Heather Reynolds | Heather@CedarbrookMedia.com