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News Community Largest crowds ever attend 17th Annual PumpkinFest in Franklin

Photos by Vickie Carpenter, Ellen Bishop and Brittney ParkerFranklin came alive last Saturday as thousands of people flocked downtown for the 17th Annual PumpkinFest weekend.

Nearly 700 participants signed up for the famous pumpkin roll competition and this year the winner was from Franklin. “We would like to congratulate Blanche T. on being our winner,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director. “Blanche rolled her pumpkin 978 feet!” According to Schlott, this year’s event drew the largest crowds ever.

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“We could not stage this festival without the assistance of our many volunteers that make this festival a true community event each year. Some of the volunteers were on the street at 6 a.m. in below freezing temperatures helping vendors find their spaces,” said Schlott.

Fishing game for kids Crazy Cat Lady Riding on Roxie nthe miniature horse Baby Teddy Bear Bat Girl Gypsy Kady McDowell, Superman Reid McDowell, and Vampire Nikolaus Carpenter Screaming contest was sponsored by DNet Internet Services Children’s inflatables were sponsored by Biltmore Baptist Church Barrett Forshee as Harry Potter More than 700 pumpkins rolled down Frogtown Hill in the Pumpkin Roll Andrew, Turner and Brittney were The First Thanksgiving A Read2Me volunteer shares a book with a young listener Fall Out 3 Dainel Reategu, Robot Emily Kimsey, Red Frank Showalter Pie Eating Contest Astronaut Parker, Farmer Mya Long, Pea Abi Long, and Martha Washington Marley Dillard Peyton Williams and Mickey Queen of Hearts Nevaeh McNeely plays ring toss Wicked Dorothy Madeline Burr, Flowers of Death Keaira Orr, and Geico Man Cole Bates Medusa and Warrior Goddess Mary and Margaret Dodge get ready to roll their pumpkins Ninja Turtle Family Hula hooping on the square The Good Witch


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