Update for 2020 Allardt Pumpkin Festival

July 31, 2020

Great News! There will be an Allardt Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off on Saturday, October 3, 2020.
We will be following the June 2020 Tennessee Pledge – Guidelines for Attractions, Large Venues, & Large Community Events

The Weigh-off itself is a go, according to the Site Coordinator John Gunter, with the UT Agriculture Office. Some growers who have never been to the Allardt event are planning to compete here due to closures at other weigh-off sites.

The Clyde and Zelia Stephens Memorial Auto Show and Cycle Show events are expected to see a large turn out because of cancelled shows throughout the summer season.
Jake Hoot will appear on stage at City Hall as scheduled. Seating will be spread out to provide distance between household groups.

These traditional events will be featured as usual –
Pumpkin Run
Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Roll Contest at the Fire Hall

Vendor Park – We will expand the space to include the area behind the Bruno Gernt Park across Portland Avenue in front of the Fentress County Board of Education Alternative School. This was previously used for parking. The Vendor Park will have additional space between vendors and proposed one-way routing for foot traffic.

Beauty Pageants will NOT be held this year due to indoor restrictions and the lack of an appropriate outside venue that would accommodate the usual number of entrants and spectators with shelter from the weather.

The Costume Contest will also be put on hold for one year with Smart Bank planning to gear back up for the 2021 Festival.

The Tractor Show will be canceled this year to protect the mostly older participants in this event.

The Pooch Parade will also be canceled, but we hope to try it again in 2021.

Fireworks will be removed from the event list indefinitely in response to the many requests from pet owners in the area.

We encourage all attendees to follow all safety guidelines for large events, including social distancing, use of hand sanitizers, and masks when appropriate.

We will attempt to provide as much social distancing as possible including some one-way routing for foot traffic, additional spaces between entries and vendor locations, and sanitation stations throughout the area.

We will provide updates well before the event with times and schedules.


Jake Hoot will perform at the 2020 Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival, Saturday, Oct. 3


2019 Big Pumpkin at Allardt weigh-off

Jason Terry, Oneida, TN, big pumpkin winner

2019 Festival King and Queen


The Great Pumpkin Festival Committee would like to recognize this year’s Festival King and Queen, Rondal and Geraldine Moody.
Rondal and Geraldine assisted the late Clyde and Zelia Stephens in organizing and managing the first Festival Car Shows in the early 1990’s and worked with that popular event for several years. They have attended every Pumpkin Festival since then and have always entered their antique cars in the show.
Rondal and Geraldine Moody are lifelong residents of Fentress County. Rondal was born and raised in Allardt and Geraldine in Clarkrange. They met in Nashville where Rondal had gone for work and Geraldine for school. They got married in 1962 and moved back to Fentress County in 1963. They have been married for 57 years and have two children, Rhonda and James, who both live and have raised their children in Fentress County.
Rondal has been in business in Fentress County since he was 20 years old. Rondal and Geraldine had Moody's Cafeteria from 1963-1972. He was co-owner of C&M Car Washes and C&M Suzuki Center. Rondal started Moody's Used Cars in 1987. The business is now known as Moody's Automotive.
Rondal and Geraldine are both retired and their son, James now operates Moody's Automotive. Geraldine is retired after 31 years of employment at Fentress County General Hospital. Their daughter, Rhonda, also retired from the hospital. In their retirement they enjoy going to the lake, having lots of family time with children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. They also enjoy spending the winters in Florida.
Rondal and Geraldine love God, their family, their country, and love living in Fentress County. They consider it an honor to have been chosen as the 2019 Pumpkin Festival King and Queen.
The Pumpkin Festival Committee is pleased to honor these great community servants, Rondal and Geraldine Moody.


T-shirts at the Information Booth #4 in the park

Vendor Maps Posted on Facebook page

 The tentative GPF Vendor placement list and map are posted on our Facebook page.  The GPF Committee reserves the right to make adjustments to the vendor placement, as needed. Maps and lists will be posted at the shelters in the park and assistance will be available at the Information Booth. Please adhere to the set up schedules on the Vendor Information Sheets. We are hoping to get most of the large trailers set up between 4:00 and 6:00 pm on Thursday, 10/3, or before noon on Friday. Non-trailers can start setting up at noon on Friday.

 Link to vendor maps on Facebook page