GRAND FALLS-WINDSOR, NL — For the past five years Marks Market has been auctioning off their decorated pumpkins a week before Halloween.
The pumpkins are always painted and decorated with current children’s show characters – so parents are always trying to get their child’s favorite pumpkin when it comes time to auction.
The funds raised in the auction are donated to Daffodil Place in St. Johns, a home away from home for patients undergoing cancer treatments and therapies.
Daffodil Place is close to the hearts of those working at Marks Market. A few years back farm owner Richard Oram was dealing with a cancer diagnosis. He stayed at Daffodil Place, his son Chris Oram told The Advertiser.
Oram had a good experience staying at this facility, so every year the family does an auction and donates the proceeds.
Residents in central look forward to seeing the pumpkins go up for auction. This is the fifth year the market has hosted this online auction.
The first year of the auction friends of Chris Oram, who both worked on the farm at some point, had a bidding war on the same pumpkin.
Andrew Power and Andrew Wall both bid on a cookie monster inspired pumpkin. Power ended up winning the pumpkin with a $300 bid.
The two then had a bidding war on an Ernie inspired pumpkin that Wall won with a bid of $300.
Every year since 2013 both Power and Wall have bid $300 each on different pumpkins, leaving out the bidding war.
Power, who is living in Alberta, sends his donation via EMT to Oram and his niece and nephew get to keep the pumpkin.
Oram said he is not sure where Wall is living now since over the years they’ve lost touch, but Wall still makes sure to get his pumpkin and have his mother pick it up.
On average the rest of the pumpkins on auction go for anywhere between $20-$50.