Pumpkinfest Save the date for Saturday, October 26

Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for its 30th Annual Pumpkinfest, one of the town’s favorite traditions on and around Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. The free festival, presented by Bank of America, is in full swing from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and festivities will include live music, children’s activities, a Franklin Tomorrow chili cook-off, a costume contest and more to highlight the fall season.

Pumpkinfest activities include:

More than 75 arts and crafts booths will feature handcrafted fall and holiday items. Booths will be set up from the Public Square and East Main Street to First Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
Children’s activities on Third Avenue North will include pumpkin painting, free games with small prizes offered by several local non-profits, inflatables, games and more.
Returning this year is the Great Pumpkin, delivered to Main Street by Franklin’s Sister City—Carleton Place, Canada. The fun will last from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, with some free activities.
Entrance to the festival is free and open to the public.
Live music, anyone? Two stages will offer continuous entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street and Fifth Avenue, and on the Public Square.
The annual Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off will feature at least 10 teams, who will serve up to two-ounce portions of chili per person. An $8 ticket includes 10 samples from local chefs! The tent is at Third Avenue South, between City Hall and the Courthouse, and they’ll be serving from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Children can compete in four categories during the annual costume contest on the Public Square. The categories are: pets; children, ages 0-5; 6-13; and 14+. The entry fee is $2, and sign-up is next to the stage in front of City Hall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a maximum of 50 contestants in each category. Contestants must be entered and present on the Public Square by 3 p.m. to participate.
For some spooky fun, tours of downtown Franklin’s two historic cemeteries on North Margin Street (two blocks from Main Street) will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. In “Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones,” costumed actors relay fascinating stories of the cemeteries’ inhabitants. Tickets are $15 for ages 14 and up, and $5 for ages 7 to 13. Tickets may be purchased at www.franklinonfoot.com, at the Heritage Foundation office at 134 Second Ave. N., or at the gate the night of the event.

Now in its 30th year, the annual fall event is produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Pumpkinfest is presented by Bank of America, Waste Management, the City of Franklin, Williamson Medical Center, Publix Super Markets, Fox 17, Williamson A.M./The Tennessean, Clear Channel Radio and Williamson Medical Center.

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