News Release
For immediate release
Sept. 28, 2012

For more information:
Nancy Williams
(615) 591-8500 ext. 17

29th Annual Pumpkinfest
Fills Franklin’s Main Street Oct. 27

FRANKLIN, Tenn.—Historic Downtown Franklin is gearing up for its 29th Annual Pumpkinfest, one of the town’s favorite traditions on and around Main Street on Saturday, Oct. 27. 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 chili cook-off, a costume contest and more to highlight the fall season.

New to the lineup this year is the “Taste of the South” preview party on Friday evening to kick off the festival. A $25 ticket includes plenty of samples of Southern delights and batches of local brew from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

“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:
• On Friday, Oct. 26, the public is invited to the “Taste of the South” evening preview party on Fourth Avenue South. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate, which includes unlimited access to the party from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Patrons will sample the best of local restaurants’ Southern dishes and taste product from nearby brewers and distillers. For more information and advance tickets, go to www.downtownfranklintn.com.
• 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? Three stages will offer continuous entertainment from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Main Street and Fifth Avenue, the Public Square and in the Fourth Avenue South beer tent.
• The 10th 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 $1, 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 Five Points Post Office or at the gate the night of the event.

Now in its 29th 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, 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.
Pumpkinfest is a free event, except for special activities as noted. For more information please call 615-591-8500 or visit www.historicfranklin.com or www.downtownfranklintn.com.