25th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival
and Weigh-off, Saturday, October 1
Allardt's 25th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off is set for Saturday, October 1. (One day only.) Food and crafts vendors will be set up in Bruno Gernt Park all day. (Allardt is in the Central Time Zone.)
Pre-Festival Event – Pumpkin Festival Beauty Pageant, Saturday, September 24 – First contest at 9 a.m. and last contest at 7 p.m. at Jamestown Community Center, 629 North Main Street, Jamestown. Open to any age-appropriate individuals. Entry Fee $25/$5 Photogenic. Download the entry form at www.allardtpumpkinfestival.com or the Allardt Pumpkin Festival Facebook page. Or pick up form at Illusions Hair Salon (207 Fairgrounds Road, Jamestown). Return entry form and fee to Illusions Hair Salon by Thursday, September 22 at 3 p.m. or mail to P. O. Box 314, Jamestown TN 38556 or 29 Tower Way, Allardt TN 38504 by September 21. There will be no practice before the pageant. For more information contact Julia Brannon at 931-704-1240 or Stephanie Sparks at 931-267-5627. General admission to watch the pageant is $2 for adults, $1 for children, and free admission for those under age 5. Sponsored in part by Clarkrange Drug Center.
Pumpkin Run - Registration 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. at Allardt School. Line-up 7:45 to 8 a.m., and start time at 8 a.m. Categories of entry are 10K run, 5K run, 3K, and 1 mile Fun Run. Entry fee is $15 for the 10k, 5K, and 3k, and $5 for the 1 mile Fun Run. (Family rate three or more entries $40 total). Sponsored by Hall Family Pharmacy to benefit Clarkrange and
York Institute Alumni Scholarships. Download the Pumpkin Run Entry Form at www.allardtpumpkinfestival.com or the Allardt Pumpkin Festival Facebook page.
Festival Kick-off Ceremonies –10 a.m. at Allardt City Hall. Chairman Tom Potter will welcome everyone to the 25th Anniversary festival, recognize previous festival royalty, and present the 2016 Great Pumpkin Festival King and Queen and the Pumpkin Festival Beauty Pageant winners.
Children's Costume Contest - 10 a.m. on stage at Allardt City Hall. Registration at 9:30 a.m. Categories: Ages 0-2 years; 3-5 years; 6-8 years; 9-12 years; and group. Any costume theme acceptable. No live animals, please. Sponsored by Progressive Savings Bank.
Weigh-Off of Pumpkins and Other Vegetables – Register your pumpkins, squash, watermelons, and other vegetables from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. at the Sandy’s Diner building. Entry fee $10. The actual weigh-off will take place between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Allardt is an official GPC weigh-off site.
The big pumpkin winner must ride in the parade or be disqualified. See rules and regulations at www.allardtpumpkinfestival.com.
Clyde and Zelia Stephens Memorial Auto Show and the Motorcycle Show
Registration Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon Central Time at the 4-Way Stop in Allardt. $10 registration fee. ALL cars, trucks, and motorcycles welcome!
Antique Tractor Show - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gernt Lumber Yard behind Allardt Land Company. Coordinators Bryan Edwards (931-704-1241) and Dustin Garrett (931-319-1871). Participants will receive commemorative plaques or trophies. Three Rivers Tractor Club from Harriman is expected to bring several tractors. Steiner Tractor Parts is a sponsor.
Pumpkin Festival Parade - 3 p.m. – The parade is always a highlight of the day and one of the largest parades of the year for Fentress County. This year’s parade will feature the Oneida High School Pride of the Tribe Marching Band. As usual, parade entries will line up on the Baseline Road. To line up, follow Highway 52 E from Allardt past the orange water tower to the Les Franklin Road. Turn left at the Les Franklin Road. Then enter the Baseline Road from the Les Franklin Road only. The deadline for entries is noon Thursday, September 29. Call Crystal Tompkins at 879-5897 or 397-3495 to register and for additional information.
Entertainment- 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – On stage at Allardt City Hall. William Bilbrey, Entertainment Chairman.
Fireworks top off the event at dark about 7 p.m.
Crafts and Food Vendors - Bruno Gernt Park, all day. All vendors not set up in the park and who have not paid the fee are asked to purchase a vendor's permit for $50 at Allardt City Hall and keep it at their site during the festival. The permit verifies that vendors have helped support the festival by their contribution toward festival expenses. The vendor park is sponsored by Micro Metals and Top of the Hill Properties.
~ Free Parking and Free Admission ~
Auto and Motorcycle Show Sponsors: O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fitzgerald Glider Kits, the York Institute Cheerleaders, Grassroots Planning & Consulting
Weigh-off and Festival Sponsors and Contributors: Allardt Land Company, Dilip Joshi, MD, Hall Family Pharmacy, Clarkrange Drug Center, Farm Bureau, Fentress County Solid Waste, Fentress Courier, Fentress County Soil Conservation District, First Volunteer Bank, Union Bank, Micro Metals, Patton Insurance, Progressive Savings Bank, Top of the Hill Properties.