Celebrate all things fall at 36th Pumpkinfest Oct. 26

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The 36th annual Pumpkinfest, presented by Jackson, will turn downtown Franklin into a fun fall festival on Oct. 26.

Pumpkinfest was first presented in 1983 by the Heritage Foundation to help with revitalization of downtown Franklin. In its 36th year, favorite Pumpkinfest activities will return with a few new additions.

This year’s Pumpkinfest will host the Williamson County High School Battle of the Bands, presented by Dark Horse Institute, a new Leiper’s Fork Distillery Whiskey Lounge, and enhanced costume parade. Activities will also be held at Franklin Grove Estate and Gardens, including a heritage classroom pop-up, pumpkin patch, photo opportunity, book talks and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

A kids’ zone, sponsored by Church of the City, will also be included as the most popular feature of Pumpkinfest each year. It will be open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., and includes a full block of family friendly rides, activities and programming, including carnival rides and petting zoos. All activities in the kids’ zone are free of charge.

Crowd favorites like extreme pumpkin carving, the Sister Cities great pumpkin exhibit, pumpkin tree photo booth, pet costume contest sponsored by Mars Petcare, people costume contest and the Downtown Franklin Rotary chili cookoff will also be back.

Volunteers for Pumpkinfest are still needed. If interested, visit http://bit.ly/2mMBSG6.

To register for the people costume contest, go to https://conta.cc/30adYCm. Registration for the pet costume contest can be completed at https://conta.cc/30a67F3

For more information on the 36th annual Pumpkinfest, presented by Jackson, visit https://williamsonheritage.org/pumpkinfest/.

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