22nd Annual PUmpkinFest!

The Town of Franklin presents the 22nd Annual PumpkinFest
featuring the World Famous Pumpkin Roll
Saturday, October 20, 2018

Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina's 22nd Annual PumpkinFest! This street festival and celebration of Autumn is pure familiy fun! Children and adults alike will have a blast taking part in traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities during Western North Carolina's premiere autumn festival.

PumpkinFest rolls into action on Saturday, October 20th and Historic Downtown Franklin, North Carolina is full tilt with everything pumpkin. Bring your pumpkin (or purchase one downtown) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll. The Costume Parade and Contest is another highlight of the day as well as the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. And don't miss out on more than 80 vendors including mountain arts & crafts along with great food! There is always live entertainment including roving street performers. PumpkinFest runs from 9am to 4pm and is held rain or shine.

More information can be obtained by calling 828-524-2516 or drop us an email at pumpkinfest@franklinnc.com. You can also follow PumpkinFest on Facebook to keep posted on the latest information! More on the schedule of events is below and we'll be updating the schedule so check back with us from time to time.

2018 Vendor Applications Now Being Accepted

Applications are now being accepted for the 22nd Annual PumpkinFest! Please read and complete the application carefully including new payment information.

» 2018 Arts & Crafts Vendor Application (PDF Format)
» 2018 Food Vendor Application (PDF Format)
» 2018 Nonprofit Vendor Application (PDF Format)

22nd Annual PumpkinFest - Franklin, North Carolina

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World Famous Pumpkin Roll - Registration begins at 9:00am

Sponsored by The Factory, the World Famous Pumpkin Roll is the centerpiece event of PumpkinFest is the World Famous PumpkinRoll. That is not something to eat, although those will be available from food vendors, it is literally seeing who can roll a pumpkin the greatest distance down Phillips Street and vying for bragging rights and the $100 grand prize.

Sign up for the Pumpkin Roll is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the actual “roll” from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pumpkins will be available for purchase at the PumpkinRoll Sign-Up Area.

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2017 PUmpkin Roll Winner

The Town of Franklin, NC congratulations to Stella Gillies the 2017 winner of the World Famous Pumpkin Roll! Stella's pumpkin rolled 985 feet. She and her family live near Atlanta, Georgia. Way to go Stella! A total of 692 people participated in this year's Pumpkin Roll sponsored by The Factory.

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Two Kid's Zones! - 9:00am to 4:00pm

From 9:00am to 4:00pm young ones attending PumpkinFest can enjoy two FREE Kid's Zones. These areas of inflable attractions and more will be setup at either end of Main Street. These are sponsored by the Town of Franklin and Biltmore Baptist Church.

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FREE PONY RIDES! - 9:00am to 4:00pm

Our friends from Little Rascal Pony Rides will be back offering FREE pony rides to young ones during PumpkinFest. The free pony rides will be held from 9:00am to close.

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Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest - 11:45am

It's messy but it is so much fun! Join in the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest(s) during PumpkinFest. We hold two rounds - one for adults and one for the kids. There is a $25.00 cash prize for the winner of both contests. There is no entry fee or registration required.

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Costume Contest & Parade - 1:00pm Lineup at TOwn Hall - Parade 1:15pm

An annual tradition of PumpkinFest is the Costume Parade & Contest. Participants gather at Town Hall at 1:00pm and march up Main Street at 1:15pm to the Gazebo on the Square for the Contest. Entrants are accepted in the following age groups .... 0 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 & Up! Trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each age group. There is no entry fee or registration required.

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More than 80 Arts & Crafts and Food Vendors

Each year, nearly 90 vendors participate in PumpkinFest. You'll find great arts & crafts including fine art, woodworking, pottery, and jewelry to name a few. You can also get a taste of great festival food, enjoy free kids activities and so much more!

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AS Featured in Our State Magazine!

PumpkinFest in Franklin, NC is honored to be featured in the 2017 Autumn Issue of Our State Magazine (click here to read more!). Each month, Our State magazine celebrates the very best of North Carolina from the mountains to the coast through lively storytelling and stunning photography. Our State reflects the beauty, nature, nostalgia, travel, and food of the state. It’s the perfect source of information for those who’ve lived in North Carolina all their lives, those just becoming acquainted with the state, or those looking to visit or relocate. Published by Mann Media, Inc., the award-winning magazine reaches more than 1,100,030 readers each month, with subscribers in every state and nearly 30 foreign countries. Learn more at ourstate.com.