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Pumpkins in the Village Benefiting Kids on the Block

Giant Pumpkins will take over Bridgeport Village shopping center on Oct. 27th – 31st to help raise funds for a local nonprofit, Kids on the Block (KOB).

The second annual event, dubbed Pumpkins in the Village, will bring a dozen local artists and master carvers to Bridgeport Village on Saturday, Oct. 27th The regionally renowned artists will carve giant pumpkins (approximately 500-800 lbs. each!) between 12 – 5 p.m., competing to see whose design and carving skills is best.

Visitors to Bridgeport Village can vote for their favorite pumpkin by placing a donation to KOB in the donation boxes by each carved pumpkin. The giant works of art will stay on display - and up for votes - around the center through Halloween night –October 31st.

Bridgeport Village will also host numerous other fun family activities on Oct. 27th – 31st, such as a raffle with a chance to win a professionally carved giant pumpkin of your own along with other great Halloween gifts, story time with the Kids on the Block puppets under the gazebo, face painting, balloon artists and more. Radio Disney will also be on hand (October 27, 1-3pm) to give away a pair of Hannah Montana tickets and backstage passes. Winners must be present to win.

Local area landscape artists and nurseries will also be on hand to augment the gigantic pumpkin displays with festive fall garden-scapes surrounding the installations.

About Kids on the Block
Kids on the Block is a nonprofit dedicated to educating Portland and Vancouver, Wash. area children on the issues that affect their lives, including how to cope with divorce, discrimination, abuse, peer pressure, and more. Their programs bring puppet shows to regional schools, impacting more than 70,000 children each year. For more information, visit www.powerfulpuppetry.org.

About Bridgeport Village
Reminiscent of an open-air European-style shopping experience, Bridgeport Village brings an exquisite combination of local and national retailers and restaurants, many opening their first locations in Oregon. Bridgeport Village is conveniently located just 10 miles south of downtown Portland, directly off exit 290 from Interstate 5. For more information about Bridgeport Village or the 2nd Annual Pumpkins in the Village, visit: www.bridgeport-village.com.

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