30th Annual Pumpkinfest Fills Franklin’s Main Street Oct. 25, 2014

Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for its 31st Annual Pumpkinfest, one of the town’s favorite traditions on and around Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. The free festival 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. 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 around 15 teams, who will serve up to two-ounce portions of chili per person. A $10 ticket includes a sampling from each chef! The tent is at Third Avenue North, and they’ll be serving from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
  • Children, adults and pets can compete in four categories during the annual costume contest on the Public Square. 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 or at the gate the night of the event.

Pumpkinfest stage schedule:

Bethel University Stage (located next to City Hall)

9:45 a.m. 10 a.m. Welcome and ribbon cutting
10 a.m. 10:45 a.m. Bethel University performance group
11 a.m. 11:45 a.m. Bethel University performance group
Noon 12:45 p.m. Bethel University performance group
1 p.m. 1:45 p.m. Bethel University performance group
2 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Costume contest
3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. People’s Church Halloween set
4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. RePercussion
4:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m. Swing dance lessons
4:45 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 Points Swing Band

School of Rock Stage Schedule (located at Five Points)

10 a.m. 10:30 a.m. Columbia State Commercial Entertainment
10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. Rhythm & Spirit
11 a.m. 11:30 a.m. Southern Academy of Irish Dance
11:30 a.m. Noon Franklin School of Performing Arts
Noon 12:30 p.m. Pet costume contest
12:30 p.m. 1 p.m. Rebel Stomp
1 p.m. 1:30 p.m. Music City Strings
1:30 p.m. 2 p.m. Centennial High School Show Choir
2 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Performance Life Dance Academy
2:30 p.m. 3 p.m.  Repercussion
3 p.m. 3:30 p.m. Wiley Chandler
3:30 p.m. 4 p.m. Grasstime
4 p.m. 5 p.m. School of Rock
5 p.m. 8 p.m. Battle of the Bands

Now in its 31st year, the annual fall event is produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Pumpkinfest is a free event, except for special activities as noted. For more information please call 615-591-8500 or visit www.historicfranklin.com.