Letter: Pumpkin Fest was a success

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By The Staff

Thanks so much to the entire community of Bronson and surrounding areas for making the First Ever Bronson Pumpkin Festival a huge success.  We had over 1,500 folks come through the gates to enjoy a great family-oriented festival.  Not too bad for our inaugural event.

 Special thanks for all Bronson Chamber Members and the staff from the Town of Bronson for working tirelessly to make this festival a success.  Also to all the volunteers, vendors and carnival rides that were a huge part of the festival.

 The Marine Corp League Presented the Colors and Mindy Cambell sang our National Anthem for our Opening Ceremonies.  Special thanks to all of you for helping start our day off right.  

Thanks to Tommy Dean for Auctioning off the great desserts, and all who brought dessert for the auction. And those who bought desserts.

Thanks to Sheriff Johnny Smith, Bronson Councilman Jason Kennedy and Bronson Fire Chief Jacob Arnold for judging the Pie Baking Contest. Thanks also to Councilman Berlon Weeks and Councilwoman Beatrice Mongo for attending.  

Special thanks to Levy County Commissioner Marsha Drew for helping out all day, baking the most beautiful cake and taking awesome photos all day.  Thanks to Mandy Lockaby for taking photos all day too.  

The Levy County Sheriff’s Office performed an awesome K-9 Demonstration and had a beautiful airboat on display. The Bronson Volunteer Fire Department had Fire Equipment for all the kids to check out and they also performed an extrication demonstration, including cutting the roof off a car.  Thanks to both those fine organizations.  

Thanks also go out to DJ Rodney from New Beginnings Entertainment for running the show all day.  Thanks to Charles Weeks and family for the use of their large tent and chairs too.

 Congratulations to all the contest winners, and thanks for all that participated in the Pumpkin Eating Contest, the Pumpkin Pie Baking Contest and the other games that were available for everyone’s enjoyment.

 Thanks to Nature Coast Middle School, Chiefland Elementary School, Chiefland Middle School, Williston Elementary and Yankeetown School and for participating in the Pumpkin Festival Poster Contest.

 And most importantly – Thanks to all the sponsors that made it possible for the Bronson Chamber of Commerce to put on such a great event that the Town of Bronson can be proud of.  

Folks, if you missed it, we will see you next year for the 2nd Annual Bronson Pumpkin Festival. Thanks again to all involved and I hope I didn’t miss anybody.

Tommy Dunford

President, Bronson Chamber of Commerce