24th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival
and Weigh-off, Saturday, October 3rd
Allardt's 24th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off is set for Saturday, October 3, 2015. (One day only.) Food and crafts vendors will be set up in Allardt's Bruno Gernt Park all day. (Allardt is in the Central Time Zone.)
Pumpkin Run - Registration 7:00 to 7:45 a.m. at Allardt School. Line-up 7:45 to 8:00 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, Jamestown. Download the Pumpkin Run Entry Form at www.allardtpumpkinfestival.com or the Allardt Pumpkin Festival Facebook page
Festival Kick-off Ceremonies –10:00 a.m. at Allardt City Hall. Chairman Tom Potter will welcome everyone and present this year's 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.
Crafts and Food Vendors - Bruno Gernt Park, all day. Sample a large array of festival fare, from the highly sought pumpkin rolls, fried pies, pumpkin and nut breads, to the usual funnel cakes and homemade goodies brought by local church folks. There is more substantial fare as well, tasty barbecue at the Allardt Fire Hall, “swamp cabbage,” deep fried vegetables, Italian and Polish sausages, hamburgers, hot dogs, pinto beans and corn bread from park vendors. Treat your taste buds to the famous “pumpkin roll,” homemade and available from multiple vendors. Shop for festival t-shirts, crafts and decorative items, including handmade wreaths, quilts, afghans, Christmas decorations, wood crafts, soap, artwork, jewelry, purses, and numerous other items. Vendor Park sponsored by Micro Metals, Inc. and Top of the Hill Properties.
All vendors not set up in the park and who have not paid the fee must purchase a vendor's permit for $50 at Allardt City Hall and keep it at their site during the festival. The permit validates the vendors’ support for the festival and their contribution toward festival expenses.
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 there 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 (931-397-2546) in charge. Participants will receive commemorative plaques or trophies. 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 and the Scott County High School 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, October 1. Call Crystal Tompkins at 879-5897 or 397-3495 to register and for additional information.
Entertainment – On stage at Allardt City Hall
12:30 - 1.30 p.m. - Curly Purvis
1:45 - 2:45 p.m. - Tim Chuck 2
3:00 - 4: 00 p.m. Parade break
3:45 - 5:00 p.m. - Brother Rains (Chris and Brad Rains)
5:15 - 6:15 p.m. - Jeff Crouch
6:15 - 6:30 p.m. – recorded music
William Bilbrey, Entertainment Chairman.
Fireworks top off the event at dark about 7 p.m.
~ Free Parking and Free Admission ~
Vendor Park Sponsors: Micro Metals, Inc., Top of the Hill Properties
Auto and Motorcycle Show Sponsors: O'Reilly Auto Parts, Fitzgerald Glider Kits, Dave Kirk Automotive in Crossville, Auto Solutions Repair Shop, and the York Institute Cheerleaders
Pumpkin Run Sponsor and Coordinator: Hall Family Pharmacy
Tractor Show Sponsor: Steiner Tractor Parts.
Weigh-off and Festival Sponsors and Contributors: Dilip N. Joshi, MD, Hall Family Pharmacy, Allardt Land Company, Patton Insurance, Fentress County Farm Bureau, Fentress Courier, Progressive Savings Bank, Union Bank, Clarkrange Drug Center, First Volunteer Bank, Volunteer Energy Corporation, Medi-Thrift, Twin Lakes Telephone Coop, Jamestown Regional Medical Center, Potters Home Center, Fentress County Soil Conservation District, Fentress County Solid Waste.