Select the perfect pumpkin and sharpen your carving tools for the Annual Pumpkin Shine on Line hosted as a community service by Southfield School and sponsored by SPAR-Shreveport Public Assembly and Recreation.
The trails around Betty Virginia Park at the corner of Line Avenue and Ockley Drive in Shreveport will glow with the light of nearly 1,000 jack-o-lanterns Tuesday, October 24, from 4:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The rain date is Wednesday, October 25, at the same time.
Come stroll through the park for this annual Shreveport community tradition. Families and friends, young and old alike will enjoy the great variety of pumpkins carved by children, school classes, families and expert pumpkin artists. Area school bands and choirs will provide entertainment. Community leaders are asked to judge the entries each year. Prizes are awarded for the best jack-o-lanterns and all participants receive a Pumpkin Shine ribbon. Cash prizes will be awarded to the three schools with the most jack-o-lantern entries.
The event is FREE. Park at Mall St. Vincent (Dillard’s lot) and ride the FREE shuttle to the park entrance. The shuttle runs from 5-9 pm. Security is provided and pizza, soft drinks and other concessions will be available. Proceeds from the concessions, donated by the parents of Southfield School, go back into beautifying Betty Virginia Park.
To enter a pumpkin, bring your carved or decorated creations to the park, located on Line Avenue at Ockley Drive, between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Volunteers from Southfield School will be organizing the arrangement and lighting of pumpkins around the park’s walkways.
This community service project was first started in 1992 by the Southfield School Parents’ Association. A former preschool teacher, Claudia Lyles, had seen a similar event in another state and approached the parents about starting our own. This event is now one of the most celebrated and anticipated Fall traditions in our community.