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Barbara B
Allegheny Commons
(Historic Deutschtown )
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the project

We believe that giving children a day to just be kids is priceless: Picking a pumpkin, running through fallen leaves, playing games and singing songs. We also believe that socioeconomic status shouldn't get in the way of that. Pumpkinfest was created 28 years ago to benefit the children of East Allegheny. Today, with nearly 1.800 children from all over the Northside attending this one-day festival, we've grown to become the largest children's harvest festival in the city of Pittsburgh 

We set a record last year for highest number of attendees at more than 5,500 children and their family members. We estimate that a large percentage of the children are from low-income Northside families. Entrance is a suggested donation, and once inside, all activities are free. Throughout the park, children are exposed to sights, sounds and experiences that they otherwise may not be. From petting zoos to inflatable jumpers, pumpkin decorating contest and music, Pumpkinfest is a full day of hands-on fun. Families leave armed with information, resources and more thanks to our Health Fair and the 40+ nonprofit and social service groups that participate.

We invite neighbors, partners, stakeholders and those invested in children to help us provide the best possible! 

the steps

We start planning Pumpkinfest more than 6 months in advance. Once we receive donor funds from ioby, we are able to:

-Finalize our bookings: This includes our inflatables, rock climbing wall, and table and tent rentals. 

-Book our on-stage entertainment: We can pay for our musical acts, puppet show and sound manager

-Purchase event essentials, like wristbands, public safety officers, etc. 

-Pay for other items that go directly to the kids: pumpkins, kid treats, cinch sacks and more

why we're doing it

On a larger level, Historic Deutschtown and the entire Northside benefit from Pumpkinfest. Because whenever a community invests time, resources and love into children and their families, that community is thriving.  When children are having fun and learning, expending creativity and just being kids in a safe, supportive environment, everyone wins. The beauty of this festival is in its reach; it’s not just limited to Historic Deutschtown. We have generations of families who attend this event, and it’s neat to have them share in this celebration in a lasting, memory-making way.



Trackless train ride - $1,200.00; 5 large inflatable activities - $5,575.00; Rock Climbing Wall - $1,000.00; Live music/sound system/puppet show - $1,802.00; Children’s tote bags - $1,993.09; Large tent rental - $595.00; Truck rental - $100.00; 20,000 lbs. of fresh pumpkins - $1,000.00; festival police officers and constable - $1,300.00; Kid cards & program printing - $957.55; Hay Rides, Petting Zoo & Pony Rides - $4,900.00; Hay bales/cornstalks - $325.00; Insurance Rider - $275.00; Kid’s Fun Bracelets - $280.34; Kid’s Candy Treats - $700.00; Volunteer Food Tent – 6 shifts - $800.00; North Side Chronicle Ads - $355.00 & Tub of Fun & Whip Amusement Rides - $1,350.00.


TOTAL RAISED = $24,012.00
ioby Platform Fee $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $720.36


It takes a lot of donations and volunteers to sponsor this event for North Side children. 

Trackless train ride $1,200 
5 large inflatables activities $5,575
rock climbing wall is $800
live music/sound system, puppet show $1,400
Kid treats & candy $1,500
kid totes $2,000
20,000 pounds of fresh pumpkins $1,200 
festival security officers $1,000 
printing cost $1,000 
hay rides, petting zoo; and pony rides, hay maze $4,500
volunteer food & t shirts $1,000  
tent and stage rentals $700
printing cost $1,200


ioby Platform Fee $35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $715
TOTAL TO RAISE = $23,825





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