The Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Committee is pleased to announce the 2023 Friend of the Festival, Jerry Malmassari.
Jerry`s involvement with the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival started back in 1964. His family moved to Sycamore in 1963, and his father joined the Sycamore Lions Club. He always had fun helping with the club’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest, which is where he got his start participating with the festival.
Jerry graduated from Sycamore High School in 1967, Illinois State University in 1971, married in 1972, joined the Lions Club in 1981 and became its president in 1986. He and wife also had four children during this time.
Jerry served 8 terms as the Pumpkin Festival Committee President. To say the Pumpkin Festival has been a family event might be a little understated. His daughter Julie, his brother-in-law Rick, and his niece, Jennifer, have all served as presidents of the organization. Jerry`s youngest son, Joshua, also served on the board.
"I will always cherish the 36 years and the many committee members I served with. To my family, thank you for all your support. I truly hope all the not-for-profit participating groups and the community continue to appreciate, support, and enjoy the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival as much as my family and I have. From my family to all of you, “Happy Sycamore Pumpkin Festival!” – Jerry