Pumpkinfest is a really great way to celebrate fall. It has a bunch of activities for people of all ages to enjoy. I’ve been going to the Pumpkinfestin historic Franklin for years. Each year it gets bigger and better, and every year I have a great time.
One of the highlights of the Franklin Pumpkinfest is the Pumpkin Roll. You can bring a pumpkin of your own or buy one at the festival in order to compete. Everyone stands at the top of a hill and the goal is to get your pumpkin to roll the farthest. It is actually pretty exciting to watch. Many of the pumpkins are casualties of the road and splatter before they get very far. Others veer off course and roll into the audience. I like that because then you can actually kick it back into the competition. If this doesn’t sound exciting to you, you obviously need to see it in person, because it is a really fun time. The person whose pumpkin made it the farthest even gets a monetary prize!
There is also a costume contest for those interested. It is broken down by age, and there is a different category for groups. That means the adults are allowed to compete too! And evn more adorably, our pets can get in on the action. There is a small fee for entering the contest (both for humans and animals) but the prizes are usually pretty cool. If you are wearing a costume, you may as well enter!
Activities abound all day long. If you have little ones, there’s a lot to do. They close off a whole street to make room for bouncy houses, face painting, games, and pony rides. For selfie fans, there are plenty of photo opportunities as you walk around. If you don’t have kids or just aren’t into all that, they have vendors selling arts and crafts, as well as live music from some really great local bands. And what would a festival be without street food? There are plenty of vendors selling tasty treats for the whole family. As if that weren’t enough, there’s also a beer garden!
If you get bored with those things, you can check out some really awesome carved pumpkins or pose for a picture with the Great Pumpkin. You can try to guess its weight in order to win yourself a nice prize.
For those souls brave enough to stomach being in a cemetery at night, there are first-person stories about some of our most famous deceased residents.
If you are in the area at the end of October, I definitely recommend coming out for the festival. And if you aren’t here at the end of October, you definitely should be!