North Dundas Mayor-elect brings home the bacon as local petting zoo harvests expired jack-o-lanterns

WINCHESTER SPRINGS — Where do pumpkins go once the ghouls of Halloween have vanished for another year?

Vanderlaand the Barnyard Zoo’s hungry critters are ready and eager to gobble up those finished fall decor items like hay bales, corn stalks and jack-o-lanterns. Drop off those tired items tomorrow, starting 11 a.m., at the Winchester Springs-based petting zoo.

It’s the third year running for proprietor Ruth Machan-Vanderlaan’s PUMPKINS for Critters campaign.

North Dundas Mayor-elect Tony Fraser recently highlighted this opportunity to recycle autumn’s cast-offs into animal feed — even posing with a little porker on Facebook to punctuate his point.

Of course, the animals of Vanderlaand the Barnyard Zoo are social media stars in their own right without Fraser’s spotlight. Sheep and goats at the attraction — which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year — garnered more than 18 million views of their antics on a slippery laneway after some freezing rain last January. The footage went viral when a video agency licensed and distributed the clip.


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