Pumpkinferno 2017 draws 74,763 — smashes attendance record

A lit-up tree with astronaut at Pumpkinferno 2017. Smith photo, Nation Valley News

Blazes trail for upcoming Alight at Night

MORRISBURG — A spectacular, warm fall paired with a creative flair for the artistic and a sense of
the macabre has helped St. Lawrence Parks attractions report some record setting achievements at two fall

The dazzling artistry of Upper Canada Village’s Pumpkinferno resulted in a record season with 74,763 visitors (more than the past two seasons combined) over its five week run, smashing previous attendance highs of 38,000. New Canada 150 themed displays captivated crowds making 2017 arguably visitors’ favourite year so far.

For local businesses, the event provided an important boost to the economy with an estimated
$8.6 million in economic impact, according to the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (SLPC), up over $4.0 million from 2016. At Fort Henry, a revamped spine-tingling theme based on a nightmare thrilled visitors. Fort Fright reported an
attendance high of 23,087 visitors over just 23 nights of operation, an increase of 4% over last season. Fort Fright generates an estimated economic impact of $2 million.

“At Pumpkinferno, so many aspects of the event aligned this year — the weather, the artistry of our team and the addition of Canada 150 themes which really resonated with visitors — all of these pieces contributed to making this year our biggest year yet,” says Tracey Ogilby, Acting Manager, Upper Canada Village. “With the larger crowds we also made adjustments to flow visitors into parking areas quicker and through the gates more efficiently.”

Both SLPC attractions are now ramping up for a quick turnaround to winter events set to open on Dec. 1 — Alight at Night at Upper Canada Village and Lumina Borealis at Fort Henry.



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