Pumpkinfest 2015: Don’t Miss The Costume Contests!

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The highlight of Franklin’s fall season is just around the corner and it’s time for both people and pets to dust off their Halloween best.

One of Pumpkinfest’s favorite traditions, the costume contests for both humans and pets, will be held on the Heritage Stage on the Public Square beginning at 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Contests will be held in the following categories: Ages 0-2, 3-5, 6-11, and 12+. There is also a category for groups. Pumpkinfest sponsor HomeTown Pet will be sponsoring the pet costume contest.

Signups for humans will be next to the Heritage Stage on the Public Square from 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., with a $2 entry fee. Signups for the HomeTown Pet Costume Contest will be at the HomeTown Pet booth, #26, on the Public Square, with no entry fee. All entrants must be signed up by 1:30 p.m.

Prizes for people will be provided by Vintage Baby, For Every Child, and Sweet CeCe’s. HomeTown Pet will be providing prizes for the pet costume contest.

For more information on the costume contests and Pumpkinfest, go here.


Pumpkinfest (2015) Offers More Entertainment Options

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Each October, the Heritage Foundation of Franklin & Williamson County organizes an event that draws tens of thousands of people to Historic Downtown Franklin’s core for a full day of fun that ranges for a variety of ages.

The 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest, a fall tradition to many Middle Tennesseans, is returning Saturday, Oct. 24 and promises more entertainment options than ever.

Presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs, the activities will stretch along Main Street and its connecting avenues, making sure that festival-goers have a constant source of entertainment at each turn — like the circus performance group Beyond Wings, who will showcase Halloween-themed aerial arts on the corner of Second Avenue and Main.

In addition to the one at The Public Square, Pumpkinfest has added an extra stage to host a fuller lineup of music and dance performances that ranges from Anthony Adams and the Night Owls to Rocky Top Revue and the Franklin School of Performing Arts.

Coordinators say the highlight of the day will be The ConSoulers, who will take the Guitar Center stage on the corner of First Avenue and Main at 4 p.m. The band will close out Pumpkinfest with a two-hour street dance that organizers are particularly excited about.

Families entertaining children should head to the Church of the City Kids’ Zone at Third Avenue South, where a full block will be transformed to host free activities including bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting and more. There’s even a dedicate preschool area for the little ones.

For more information about the 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest event details and attractions, go to www.historicfranklin.com/events or see the stage schedule below:

Heritage Stage at Public Square Stage
10:00-10:30 a.m | Columbia State
10:45-11:15 a.m | Franklin School of Performing Arts .
11:25-11:55 a.m. | Williamson County Parks & Rec
12:05-12:35 p.m. | Ann Carroll School of Dance
12:45- 1:30 p.m. | Music City All Stars
1:45-3:15 p.m. | Costume Contests
3:25-4:10 p.m. | Tommy Jackson’s Rocky Top Revue
4:20- 5:00 p.m. | Grasstime
5:15-6:00 p.m. | James Hatem

Guitar Center Stage at 1st and Main
10:05-10:35 a.m. | Church of The City Band
10:50-11:20 a.m. | Kristin Larkin
11:35 a.m.-12:15 p.m. | Oxford Fall
12:30- 1:05 p.m. | Anthony Michael
1:15-1:45 p.m. | Bito Mann
2:00-2:40 p.m. | Daphne and the Mystery Machines
3:00-3:45 p.m. | Anthony Adams and the Night Owls
4:00-6:00 p.m. | The ConSoulers

In addition to Pumpkinfest, the Heritage Foundation–in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association–produces seven event series and festivals each year to attract visitors to downtown Franklin, and to promote the benefits of historic preservation.


32nd Annual Pumpkinfest Features Old Favorites, Traditions

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Franklin’s favorite fall celebration is returning to Main Street Saturday, Oct. 24, with an all-day celebration that brings free and festive fun for a variety of ages and groups.

The 32nd Annual Pumpkinfest, held in the community’s historic core, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Franklin each year. Presented by Hyundai of Cool Springs and coordinated by the Heritage Foundation, the festivities will stretch along Main Street and its connecting avenues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

“Thanks to Hyundai of Cool Springs and our other generous sponsors, we’re able to bring back old favorites and offer some new, exciting attractions too,” said Rene Evans, Pumpkinfest manager. “Our festival partnership with Hyundai aligned perfectly–both Pumpkinfest and the dealership have a mission to be family friendly, and serve the community’s best interests.”

In addition to the dozens of artisan vendors and two stages of live entertainment, attendees can expect to enjoy some of the festival’s favorite traditions for the 2015 event – including a costume contest sponsored by HomeTown Pet, the Church of the City’s Kids’ Zone and the Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook Off. Plus, The Great Pumpkin will again be making an appearance after a long journey from Carleton Place, Canada (Franklin’s Sister City).

Other activities and details in this year’s Pumpkinfest schedule include:

· Third Avenue South will be transformed with bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, games, a dedicated preschool area and much more for the Church of the City Kids’ Zone from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

· Two stages will feature full lineups of music and dance performances. In addition to the stage on the Public Square, a second stage will be located on Main Street at First Avenue, near Landmark Booksellers. The highlight of the afternoon is anticipated to be The ConSoulers, who will take the First Avenue stage at 4 p.m. for a two-hour street dance.

· Costume contests, sponsored by HomeTown Pet, will be held on the stage at the Public Square for both humans and pets.

· Nashville-based circus group Beyond Wings will perform Halloween-themed aerial arts on the corner of Second Avenue and Main.

· More than 80 independent artisan booths with handmade wares will line Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenue.

· Festival fare like corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried catfish and chicken tenders will join fresh offerings in two dedicated food zones: around the Public Square and on Fourth Avenue South.

· A beer tent will be located near the stage on First Avenue.

· The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook Off will take place on Third Avenue North. For more information, go to www.franklintomorrow.org.

· After dark, Franklin’s historic cemeteries will come to life with first-person stories of some of the folks buried there. For more information, go to www.franklinonfoot.com.

In addition to parking in and around the downtown area, a parking and shuttle service for Pumpkinfest attendees will be available from Church of the City and Harlinsdale Farm for $1 per person each way.

In addition to Pumpkinfest, the Heritage Foundation–in conjunction with the Downtown Franklin Association–produces seven event series and festivals each year to attract visitors to downtown Franklin, and to promote the benefits of historic preservation.

Since 1967 the non-profit group has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources; in short, saving the places that matter. For more information, call (615) 591-8500.

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