Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for its 17th Annual PumpkinFest to be held on Saturday, Oct. 26, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.
Bring your pumpkin or purchase one downtown from a 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 a.m. to 1 p.m. The winner receives $100 cash. Other highlights of the day include a screaming contest sponsored by DNET Internet Services, a costume parade and contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, along with arts and 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 Pumpkin- Fest. “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.
“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.
Plenty of live music is on tap including performances by the Frogtown Four, Sweet Tater Band (a perennial favorite), Macon Grass, John Hawk and the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players.
Main Street will be closed to traffic as PumpkinFest literally fills the street. Main Street will be closed from the bottom of Town Hill with signs posted and traffic 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 and 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.pumpinfestfranklin.com or call Schlott at (828) 524-2516.