NJ. Flemings Pumpkin Run – “Its Been a Great Run!”

Event Date(s):
Nov 4, 2017

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As of June 18th it is with sad news that I share this statement from Flemings as follows:

For the last 21 years, the first Saturday in November meant only one thing to so many people. It was Flemings Pumpkin Run time!
More than just a car show, enthusiasts from up and down the east coast traveled to South Jersey to experience one of the most unique events ever created. With a combination of cars and cannons, tractors and sawmills, food and flea markets, dinosaurs to diners just to name a few, this one day show seemed to have it all.
With word of mouth, the show grew year after year. And with it the notoriety of a few famous people like Ray Evernham who provided 3 cars from his collection to the show year after year, and most recently Dennis Gage, who filmed an episode of his show “My Classic Car”.

With all the successes and popularity of the Pumpkin Run, unfortunately it had its drawbacks.
The property of Flemings Auto Parts is not infinite. And all usable land is pretty much used up. Show cars that arrived late sometimes could not even enter, having to park in the surrounding neighborhood along with the overflow of spectators. The county roads for miles around were jammed to a standstill with traffic.
In short, we are a victim of our own success. We have outgrown what the property and surrounding neighborhood can handle. And even though the inconvenience is only for around 5 hours once a year, the burden placed on the township has become too much to bare.

So with all that being said and with true sadness, for reasons beyond our control, we are sorry to inform everyone that last years event, the 21st Annual Flemings Pumpkin Run, will be the last of the “Run”.
The little car show that started with about 35 cars has exceeded anything that we could have ever dreamed of. With Harry Fleming and a group of friend volunteers, somehow he lucked out and created car show magic!
The many, many hours creating all the different show features, and the time preparing the grounds for the event made it all worth it. When you get to see the turnout of people and their reactions to what we have created, the smile on Harry’s face tells the story.
Its all been truly magical!

So from Harry Fleming and the entire Pumpkin Run Crew, we want to thank you for all the years you may have attended, and all the enthusiasm you have shown.
ITS BEEN A GREAT RUN!”


3 Responses to “NJ. Flemings Pumpkin Run – “Its Been a Great Run!””

  1. StillRunnin
    StillRunninJun 29, 2017 at 9:40 am #

    JUNE 29TH, 2017 While we greatly appreciate the outpouring of love, interest, and support for the Pumpkin Run, we must ask that everyone remain respectful with their comments and actions.
    We are not affiliated with, and do not currently endorse any “Save the Pumpkin Run” groups or events.
    No one person or entity is responsible for the current situation, and the lines of communication remain open between show organizers and the Township.
    Again, thank you for your support and offers of help, and we humbly ask that everyone remain positive.

    Harry & The Pumpkin Run Crew

  2. StillRunnin
    StillRunninAug 16, 2017 at 11:05 pm #

    8.15.17 Update Posting – EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP — It looks like the Pumpkin Run, which for two decades has drawn thousands of car enthusiasts to Flemings Junkyard on Zion Road, will be held this year after all — just Not at the Junkyard.

    Upper Township in Cape May County has expressed interest in hosting the event as a township-sanctioned one at its Amanda’s Field sports and recreation complex on Route 50.
    Township Committeeman Hobart “Hobie” Young sees Egg Harbor Township’s loss as Upper’s gain.
    “We would love to have a car show here. It’s definitely something worth pursuing,” he said at the July 24 committee meeting.

    He asked for and received unanimous support from his fellow committee members to pursue the concept at the late July meeting, and then the members officially approved the event at the Monday, Aug. 14 meeting. The event will keep the name Flemings’ Pumpkin Run. oung called bringing the Pumpkin Run to town a “no brainer,” saying it has the potential to bring 5,000 to 10,000 people to Upper Township for the day.

    “Harry’s ultimate goal is to take it back home, but in the meantime we can host it here,” Young said. In Egg Harbor Township, the Pumpkin Run was essentially a victim of its own success. After complaints about high traffic during the event each year, township police asked junkyard owner and car show organizer Harry Fleming to consider arranging alternative transportation, with offsite parking.

    In June, Flemings posted a message on Facebook stating that with all the popularity of the Pumpkin Run, the location had its “drawbacks,” and in August several large yellow signs went up at the junkyard entrance stating that the show would no longer be held there. “The property of Flemings Auto Parts is not infinite. And all usable land is pretty much used up. Show cars that arrived late sometimes could not even enter, having to park in the surrounding neighborhood along with the overflow of spectators,” the message stated. “The county roads for miles around were jammed to a standstill with traffic. In short, we are a victim of our own success. We have outgrown what the property and surrounding neighborhood can handle.”

    Public outcry ensued, with hundreds of the event’s fans taking to social media to complain about the end of the show.

    Township Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough stated in late July that the township did not shut the event down, contrary to some statements made online.

    “This year, the owner stated that his location has outgrown the event and never requested a permit,” McCullough said. “I have stated publicly that I think it’s a great event, and I’m willing to meet with anyone who would like to try to save it.” Flemings issued an updated statement late July, clarifying that “No one person or entity is responsible for the current situation, and the lines of communication remain open between show organizers and the township.”
    A petition was circulated to measure interest in moving the show to Amanda’s Field in Upper Township, and 1,026 signatures were collected.

    Young said the said the car show could mirror other township-sanctioned events held at the park.

    “The best part is that it’s already in place,” he said, noting the list of vendors, exhibitors and email account are already established. The detailed logistics are being finalized and updated information should be available both on Flemings’ and the township’s websites sometime next week. “The location can be changed with the push of a button. A lot of legwork has already been done.”

    Young said the car show is a great event.

    “Any funding we raise from it can be used to help with Independence Day celebration — or any township project or event,” he said. “Harry thinks we are doing this for him, but he is also doing this for us. It’s a good cause and the proceeds will help us fund other recreation projects and to test the water for a car show of our own in the future.”

    In the years it was held at Flemings Junkyard, proceeds were donated to volunteer organizations such as the Scullville Volunteer Fire Company, whose members helped with parking. According to Josh Wilson, president of Scullville Volunteer Fire Company, the company assisted with the car show for several year as a way to fundraise. However, in the early 2000s, it began to hold a haunted hayride as its main fundraiser and stopped working the car show.

    Wilson said that while taking the car show elsewhere has no financial affect on the fire company, the members are disappointed to see it go.

    “It was a great event, but I do understand there were issues with the congestion it caused. So I see both sides,” he said.

  3. StillRunnin
    StillRunninAug 16, 2017 at 11:22 pm #

    The Above Update Story was copied from the Shore News Today written by Laura Stetser 8.14.17

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