Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for the 16th Annual PumpkinFest to be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. During this event you can take part in some traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities.
Bring a pumpkin or purchase one downtown (limited supply) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll sponsored by The Factory. 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., on Phillips Street off East Palmer. The winner receives $100 cash. Other highlights of the day include a new screaming contest sponsored by DNET, a costume parade and contest, pumpkin pie eating contest, along with arts and crafts, fabulous food, and great entertainment for all ages.
Many entertainers are scheduled to perform this year including Magician Chaz Misenheimer. Chaz, a North Carolina native, is a festival specialist with more than 20 years experience and is best known as an elite roving entertainer.
“I love working on the street, and seeing the excitement when a child experiences magic – sometimes for the very first time. The look of wonder when they believe they’re the ones who make the magic happen is priceless. Creating that feeling is what being a magician is all about,” said Chaz.
Other street performers include a stilt walker whose mission it is to entertain young and old alike. Plus, it could make for some great photo opportunities.
Plenty of live music will be featured including performances by the 5 O’Clock Shadows, Sweet Tater Band (a perennial favorite), Macon Grass, John Hawk and the Nikwasi Dulcimer Players.
For the first time ever a commemorative PumpkinFest tshirt will be available for purchase at the festival’s information booth next to the gazebo. The design was chosen from a community-wide design contest won by Chris Wilson.
Again this year, Main Street will be closed to vehicle traffic as PumpkinFest is slated to literally fill the street.
According to Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director, 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,” Schlott said.
For more information on the festivities of Franklin’s PumpkinFest visit www.pumpinfestfranklin.com or call Schlott at (828) 524-2516.