CREATIVE MINDS TURNING ORANGE TO GREEN AT UPPER CANADA VILLAGE'S 2016 PUMPKINFERNO
Morrisburg, Ontario – Visitors will discover more than a fantastical display of over thirty spellbinding works of art created by the lighting of thousands of individually carved pumpkins at this year’s Pumpkinferno. Charged with setting aglow the pumpkins throughout October, the Upper Canada Village team, with the support of Celebrate Ontario, saw this unique event as an opportunity to introduce a message of energy reduction, renewal and respect for the environment, to the tens of thousands of visitors expected to tour the site this season.
How is Upper Canada Village doing it? In a number of ways: To begin with, each pumpkin is lit with a single LED bulb; while the effect resembles the glow of candles, each bulb only consumes less than half a watt of energy. To put it in another light, the larger-than-life Chinese Dragon display, made up of just over 200 pumpkins, would be equivalent to lighting a single 100 watt incandescent bulb. The low energy consumption of the exhibits meant the Village could experiment with alternate energy sources.
New this year, a number of exhibits are able to be powered with solar energy (sunshine permitting). Signs along the route indicate to visitors which ones, with a spotlight on the equipment used. Further to this, all spotlights used on every sign at this year’s event have been replaced with dusk-to-dawn LEDs to reduce power consumption.
Recognizing the increased use of wind as an alternate source of energy, the creators behind Pumpkinferno also pay homage to this renewable energy source, having fashioned three windmills, whose blades are not only carved in pumpkins, but are lit and turn throughout the night, offering an added new spectacular feature to this year’s show.
Solar power, wind power ... what about pedal power? Within Pumpkin Park, (a new family interactive zone introduced at last year’s event), visitors are challenged to turn their own physical energy into power, by pedalling a bicycle hard enough to have it generate enough power to light up a tower of carved pumpkins.
And what about waste reduction? After the exertion of pedalling, if a visitor turns to Cafe Inferno to grab a snack or beverage, they’ll discover it comes served on recyclable materials. The final touch ... they can then dispose of their waste in the new recycling bins provided this year.
Waste reduction doesn’t stop there for the Pumpkinferno team. With new exhibits replacing old exhibits each year, the old ones are not simply disposed of. They are re-used when they are sold for display at events at other provincial attractions across the province, to be new all over again, in new markets!
“We are proud to introduce a message of reduce, re-use and recycle at this year’s Pumpkinferno event. We see it as the start of a growing awareness and attitude that we hope will become second nature in years to come at the St. Lawrence Parks Commission” says Geoff Waycik Manager of Historic Sites at Upper Canada Village. “In fact, the Commission just this year has taken on a full audit of energy use at all of its facilities, and expects to reduce consumption by 50% over the next 3 years.” – Geoff Waycik, Manager of Historic Sites, St. Lawrence Parks Commission
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ACCESSIBILITY NIGHT – Wednesday, October 19 – This special night by reservation only is for groups of people who have difficulty walking through the tour. On the Accessibility Night, people can ride in the comfort of their own vehicles to view Pumpkinferno. Only accessibility vans or parabuses – no coaches of school buses. A member of the Pumpkinferno team who is familiar with the Village roadways will lead the vehicles on the tour through the site. Reservations are required, call 800-437-2233 or 613-543-4328. Admission $14 per person (plus HST)..