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Nancy Williams
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 30th Annual Pumpkinfest Fills Franklin’s Main Street Oct. 26, 2013

FRANKLIN, Tenn.—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 is one of our great Main Street traditions. We love being able to capitalize on our close community ties and exhibit the large pool of local talent,” said Downtown Franklin Association President Bob Roethemeyer, who owns the home accessories shop Avec Moi on Main Street. “This year, we’re excited to offer the preview party that will add another dimension with a showcase of local restaurants.”

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 11th Annual Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off will feature at least 10 teams, who will serve up to two-ounce portions of chili per person. A $10 ticket includes 12 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, 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
City Hall Stage
10:00 a.m.  Southern Academy of Irish Dance
11:00 a.m.   Tennessee Dance Arts Conservatory
Noon            Franklin School of Performing Arts
1:00 p.m.    Prima Performance
1:30 p.m.    Tommy Jackson’s “Rocky Top Revue”
2:00 p.m.    Ann Carroll School of Dance & Columbia State
3:00 p.m.    Costume Contest
4:00 p.m.    Tommy Jackson “Rocky Top Revue”
5:15 p.m.     Nashville’s Country Swing Allstar’s
6 p.m.          Festival closes

5 Points Stage
10:00 a.m.   Dixie Strutters
11:00 a.m.    Johnny Campbell & The Bluegrass Drifters
12:00 p.m.    Rafael Vasquez & San Rafael
1:20 p.m.      2 Country 4 Nashville
2:30 p.m.     Annabelle’s Curse
3:45 p.m.    John England & the Western Swingers
5:00 p.m.    Diamond Hitch

Now in its 30th year, the annual fall event is produced by the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County and its division, the Downtown Franklin Association. Pumpkinfest is presented by Bank of America, the City of Franklin, Williamson Medical Center, Fox 17, Williamson A.M./The Tennessean, Clear Channel Radio, Williamson Medical Center, LeafFilter, Great Day Improvements and more.

Pumpkinfest is a free event, except for special activities as noted. For more information please call 615-591-8500 or visit www.historicfranklin.com.