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Kentville’s Pumpkin People head west

<p>John MacGrath brought a little taste of Kentville back to Alberta recently. His wife, Sharon McGrath, is from Kentville. He created pumpkin people, dubbed Ed and Mabel, in their Edmonton yard.</p>
<p>John MacGrath brought a little taste of Kentville back to Alberta recently. His wife, Sharon McGrath, is from Kentville. He created pumpkin people, dubbed Ed and Mabel, in their Edmonton yard.</p>

KENTVILLE - Like many Nova Scotians now living away from home, Sharon McGrath was anxious to return for a visit in the summer of 2014. 

Along with her husband John Huisman and their little dog Bubba, she drove from Edmonton to spend three months in the Kentville area, visiting her sister’s family.

 “One of my favourite places in all the world is the Annapolis Valley in the fall,” said Huisman, an Edmonton native.

He spent hours driving around to view and photographing the autumn foliage and bountiful harvests.

Huisman was particularly taken with Kentville’s pumpkin people. That prompted his decision to introduce them to Edmonton this year. 

The question was: How do you make a pumpkin person? With the Town of Kentville’s website, Huisman’s ingenuity, and a little help from Value Village – Voila! – Ed and Mabel appeared on a West Edmonton front lawn.

What better way to bring some fall fun to their neighbourhood, while reliving a fond memory of Nova Scotia. 

Along with her husband John Huisman and their little dog Bubba, she drove from Edmonton to spend three months in the Kentville area, visiting her sister’s family.

 “One of my favourite places in all the world is the Annapolis Valley in the fall,” said Huisman, an Edmonton native.

He spent hours driving around to view and photographing the autumn foliage and bountiful harvests.

Huisman was particularly taken with Kentville’s pumpkin people. That prompted his decision to introduce them to Edmonton this year. 

The question was: How do you make a pumpkin person? With the Town of Kentville’s website, Huisman’s ingenuity, and a little help from Value Village – Voila! – Ed and Mabel appeared on a West Edmonton front lawn.

What better way to bring some fall fun to their neighbourhood, while reliving a fond memory of Nova Scotia. 

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