For 28 years the city of Zeeland, within western Michigan, has held its annual Pumpkinfest. According to the official brochure, “this family-friendly event has featured a plethora of fall activities, parades, music and more.” One such musical event was held at Vitale’s of Zeeland.
A traditional restaurant, as stated by their web site, “carries on the great dining that has become synonymous with the Vitale name.” Jabber Log was on-hand to witness the busy crowd both inside and out for the event. For more information on Pumpkinfest and Vitale’s of Zeeland, follow the links below.
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