PumpkinFest comes to town

October 25, 2013

pumpkinfest1Historic Downtown Franklin, North Carolina is gearing up for its 17th Annual PumpkinFest to be held on Saturday, October 26, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.

Bring your pumpkin or purchase one downtown (limited supply) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll. The “roll” takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with signup running from 9 to 1. The winner receives $100 cash.

Other highlights of the day include a screaming contest sponsored by DNET Internet Services, a costume parade & contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, along with arts & crafts, fabulous food, and great entertainment for all ages.

More activities for kids are planned for this year according to Linda Schlott, Executive Director of the Franklin Main Street Program that oversees PumpkinFest. “Each year we like to add new elements to the festival to keep it fresh for those attending. This year a new inflatables area for kids will be featured as well as more games and hands on activities,” said Schlott.

Again this year, Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as PumpkinFest literally fills the street with great fun. Main Street will be closed from the bottom of Town Hill. Signs will be posted and traffic will be routed behind Angel Medical Center back to Church Street.

“PumpkinFest is geared toward children and families and there are lots of free activities for everyone to enjoy,” Schlott continued

Entertainment is also a large part of the event. Street performers for 2013 include fire eater/ spinner and other roving characters. Roxy, the miniature horse, will also be back offering rides for children.

There will also be plenty of live music including performances by the Frogtown Four, Sweet Tater Band (a perennial favorite), Macon Grass, John Hawk and the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players.

Again this year, Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic as PumpkinFest literally fills the street with great fun. Main Street will be closed from the bottom of Town Hill. Signs will be posted and traffic will be routed behind Angel Medical Center back to Church Street.

“The street closure serves two purposes. First, the safety of the thousands that attend the event each year and secondly it creates a more festival friendly environment,” said Schlott.

“This festival is volunteer driven and we appreciate our local businesses stepping forward to sponsor many of the events. The Factory has for many years sponsored the Pumpkin Roll, this year Angel Medical Center is sponsoring the costume parade & contest and Biltmore Baptist Church is providing the inflatables area for kids.” Schlott expressed the Franklin Main Street Program’s appreciation for the support shown by these sponsors.

“While PumpkinFest is held in downtown, its economic impact is felt far beyond this one area of town. Restaurants, motels, and numerous other businesses see increased business because of the festival. It also provides visitors and locals alike with a positive experience and continues to grow each year bringing new people to discover our wonderful town,” Schlott concluded.

For more information on the festivities of Franklin’s PumpkinFest visit www.pumpkinfestfranklin.com or call Linda Schlott, Executive Director of the Franklin Main Street Program at (828) 524-2516.

 

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