GALLERY: ‘Wonderful’ Fernie Pumpkin Hunt returns in 2022

Wesley, Colleen, and Brian Mason partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Wesley, Colleen, and Brian Mason partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Sam Sedlowsky (director of facilities) and Megan Lohmann (president) of the Fernie Nordic Society, on the day of the return of the Fernie Pumpkin Hunt on Oct 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Sam Sedlowsky (director of facilities) and Megan Lohmann (president) of the Fernie Nordic Society, on the day of the return of the Fernie Pumpkin Hunt on Oct 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Karen Tse, Graeme Nunn and Graeme Nunn (the younger), partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Karen Tse, Graeme Nunn and Graeme Nunn (the younger), partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Milo and Gemma Hayward partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Milo and Gemma Hayward partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Goossens family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The Goossens family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Goossens family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The Goossens family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Brian and Hailey Bell partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Brian and Hailey Bell partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Karen Tse, Graeme Nunn and Graeme Nunn (the younger), partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Karen Tse, Graeme Nunn and Graeme Nunn (the younger), partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Nunn family and the Frazer family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The Nunn family and the Frazer family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Consejo family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The Consejo family partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Dunnet and De Jong families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The Dunnet and De Jong families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
The Weir and Ferguson families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)The Weir and Ferguson families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Upwards of 50 volunteers helped put together the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Upwards of 50 volunteers helped put together the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Milo Hayward finding a pumpkin in a tree stump during the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Milo Hayward finding a pumpkin in a tree stump during the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Elk Valley families partook in the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Elk Valley families sitting around a fire during the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Elk Valley families sitting around a fire during the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
Upwards of 50 volunteers helped put together the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)Upwards of 50 volunteers helped put together the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)
About 350 pumpkins were in the queue to be hid for three hunts during the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)About 350 pumpkins were in the queue to be hid for three hunts during the Pumpkin Hunt in Fernie at the Elk Valley Nordic Centre on Oct. 22, 2022. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

Elk Valley kids and their families were stomping through the woods on Saturday (Oct. 22) hunting for pumpkins to celebrate the turn of the season.

The top halves of the mountains surrounding Fernie were appropriately snowy for the return of the annual Pumpkin Hunt, put on by the Fernie Nordic Society (FNS) in the area around the Elk Valley Nordic Centre Saturday morning and afternoon.

Megan Lohmann, president of the FNS, said it was the sixth rendition of the event following a two-year pandemic hiatus.

“This is our comeback,” she said.

“It’s really an event to kick off the season, which, conveniently, there’s snow on the mountains today and more coming this week.”

Lohmann said the pumpkin hunt brings in families from across the valley coming together and celebrating the cross-country community, celebrating the Elk Valley community, and celebrating the kick off to winter.

“It grows every year, so it’s awesome.”

About 350 pumpkins were in the queue in the morning waiting to be hidden for three rounds of hunting.

Hot dogs, hamburgers, and hot chocolate were being served, along with marshmellows to roast on a fire. There was also a truck with its front trunk open filled with chips and candy for kids (some of whom were dressed in costumes) to feast on.

Brian Mason was one of the kids out in the woods searching for pumpkins, alongside his brother Wesley and mother Colleen.

“I found 12 different pumpkins,” Brian said enthusiastically.

“It was hard choosing, but we chose these ones — they’re the biggest and the best we found,” he said, adding that it was awesome.

Karen Tse was also out with her family gathering pumpkins and hanging around the fire.

“It’s wonderful to support the Nordic Society, and what a wonderful community event for all the little ones to enjoy.”

Lohmann said the event was also to raise awareness about FNS programming through the winter.

“It’s been really awesome to see people just excited to get together, and talking.”

The event took upwards of 50 volunteers to put together in the week leading up to it, and was supported by lots of local funders and partners.

“A huge thanks to the community and to all the funders and sponsors.”

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