2018 Allardt Pumpkin Festival Event Schedule

27th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival
and Weigh-off, Saturday, October 6

27th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival
and Weigh-off, Saturday, October 6

Allardt's 27th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off is set for Saturday, October 6. (One day only.) Food and crafts vendors will be set up in Bruno Gernt Park all day.  (Allardt is in the Central Time Zone.)

Pumpkin Festival Beauty Pageant – Pre-Festival Event on Saturday, September 29. The first contest begins at 9 a.m. and the final one at 7 p.m. at Jamestown Community Center, 629 North Main Street, Jamestown. This pageant, one of the largest in the region, is open to any age appropriate individual, and currently there is still time for contestants to register.  Download the entry form at the Allardt Pumpkin Festival Facebook page or pick up a form at Illusions Hair Salon in Jamestown. Return completed applications to Illusions Hair Salon by Thursday, September 27, 2018 or mail to Pumpkin Festival Beauty Pageant, P O Box 314, Jamestown TN 38556. There will be a $5 late fee for entry taken after Thursday. Sponsored by Clarkrange Drug Center. For more information contact Julia Brannon, 931-704-1240, (jbrannon76@hotmail.com), or Stephanie Sparks, 931-267-5627.

Pumpkin Run - Registration 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Oct. 7 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. New this year – Runners Costume Contest. Prizes for best individual and best group. Entry fee is $15 for the 10k, 5K, and 3k, and $10 for the 1 mile Fun Run. (Family rate three or more entries $40 total). Sponsored by Hall Family Pharmacy to benefit the Children’s Shopping Spree. Entry forms available at Hall Family Pharmacy. Submit completed form and fee to Hall Family Pharmacy or mail to Hall Family Pharmacy, P O Box 420, Jamestown, TN 38556. Or register the morning of the run. Early registrants are guaranteed a Free Pumpkin Run shirt. Other participants first come, first served.

Festival Kick-off Ceremonies –10 a.m. at Allardt City Hall. Chairman Cathy Jeffers will welcome everyone and present the 2018 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.

Homemade Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Roll Contest – Registration of entries  8 a.m. – 9 a.m. Allardt Medical Clinic.  Sponsored Dr. Doug Smith family and Allardt Medical Clinic. Winners announced on stage at noon.

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.
  • Pumpkins - First place - $1000 (2nd – 10th place – $400, $300, $200, $100, $50, $25)
  • Watermelons - First place - $600 (2nd – 5th place – $300, $200, $100, $50)
  • Green Squash - First place - $400  (2nd – 5th place – $300, $200, $100, $50)
  • Prettiest Pumpkin - $100
The big pumpkin winner must ride in the parade or be disqualified. See rules and regulations at www.allardtpumpkinfestival.com. Dwight Dickson will serve as master of ceremonies. (Weigh-off scales supplied by Fairfield Scales, Nashville.)

Clyde and Zelia Stephens Memorial Auto Show
Registration Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon Central Time at the 4-Way Stop in Allardt. $10 registration fee. ALL cars and trucks welcome!
  • Pumpkin Queens Choice Trophy
  • Awards to Top 25. Dash plaques to the first 300 entries.
  • Gift Cards and Car Wash Bucket giveaways.
  • Awards and prizes start at 2:00 p.m. day of show registration only.
  • Swap meet spaces (auto related items only) 15’ x 20’ - $25.
  • Event chairman: Stephen Williams, 931-265-3264.
  • Sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts

Motorcycle Show
Registration Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon Central Time at Allardt Land Company. $10 registration fee. ALL motorcycles welcome!
  • 1st - 3rd Pumpkin Queens Choice Trophies 
  • Awards and Prize giveaways at Auto Show at 2:00 pm
  • Day of show registration only
  • Event chairman - Doug Sells 931-704-0628
  • Sponsored by Union Bank, Micro Metals Inc., and DSC Concrete.

Antique Tractor Show - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gernt Lumber Yard behind Allardt Land Company.  Event Chairman Dustin Garrett (931-319-1871. Participants will receive commemorative plaques or trophies. Sponsored by Twin Lakes Lawn and Tractor and Garrett Tractor Repair and Restoration, Jamestown. Freebies: steinertractorparts.com

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, October 4. Call Crystal Tompkins at 879-5897 or 397-3495 to register and for additional information. 

Entertainment- 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. – On stage at Allardt City Hall. Performers include singer Jaimee Paul and her band (jaimeepaul.com), Jeff Crouch, Southern Comfort, and Tim Ledbetter Band. 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 set up anywhere in Allardt 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. Cathy Jeffers, event chairman.

~ Free Parking and Free Admission ~

Weigh-off and Festival Event Sponsors and Contributors:
Allardt Land Company, Allardt Medical Clinic, Bank of Fentress County, Buckeye Home Medical Equipment, City of Jamestown, Clarkrange Drug Center, Conditioned Heating & Cooling, Dilip Joshi, M.D., DSC Concrete, Fentress County Soil Conservation District, Fentress County Farm Bureau, Fentress County Solid Waste, Fentress Courier, First Volunteer Bank, Garrett Tractor Repair & Restoration, H&R Block, Hall Family Pharmacy, Micro Metals Inc., O’Reilly Auto Parts, Progressive Savings Bank, R&T Trophies, Rains Agency, Senator Ken Yager, St. Christopher Catholic Church, Steiner Tractor Parts, Top of the Hill Properties, Twin Lakes Lawn & Tractor, and Union Bank.             


2017 Pumpkin Festival King and Queen

Our 2017 Allardt Pumpkin Festival King and Queen are Dr. Doug and Gaye Smith.

Dr. Doug heads up four successful medical offices, including the Allardt Medical Clinic, and he and Gaye operate Sunset Ridge Cattle Company, a farm located in the south end of Fentress County, where they breed and raise Angus cattle.

After graduating from Clarkrange High School in 1969, Dr. Doug attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and later medical school at the UT Medical Units in Memphis.

Dr. Shelby Turner served as his mentor during his early medical education. The two of them met Dr. Joe Johnson in Memphis. He was then Chancellor of UT’s Medical school in Memphis and had married Dr. Pinckley’s daughter, Patricia.

Dr. Johnson encouraged Doug to return to Jamestown when his medical training was complete. Dr. Johnson later became President of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and Doug finished his residency at UT Hospital in Knoxville.

Doug opened Jamestown Internal Medicine in 1980 and, with his friend and associate, Dr. Rick Clark, to whom he credits much of his success, now also has offices in Clarkrange and Wartburg as well as in Allardt.

He credits two loyal and trusted friends, Garry Burks and Laquita Gernt Sandman, with much of the Allardt Medical Clinic’s success.

Gaye moved to Jamestown in 1976 and is a 1981 graduate of Alvin C. York Institute.

She works in the medical offices and also does bookkeeping and other work at Sunset Ridge Cattle Company farm, where they raise Angus cattle and have annual cattle sales. One of their latest and most rewarding ventures has been providing high quality retail cuts of their farm-raised beef to the community.

This year the Smiths sponsored a brand new pumpkin festival event, the first annual Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Roll Contest held at the Allardt Medical Clinic, next door to City Hall. First place winners received $200 each. The $10 entry fee went to the Allardt Volunteer Fire Department, and the contest entries were served with meals purchased at the Fire Hall.

Dr. Doug and Gaye have been married for 26 years and are blessed with a wonderful family of four children and seven grandchildren, whom they love very much.

Dr. Doug says he is most thankful for his wife Gaye’s love and support through the years and says, “It has been our distinct honor and pleasure to serve the community of Allardt and all the other communities where we have medical offices. We love the people very much, and we are truly appreciative of all the love and support we have always received from everyone. We consider ourselves truly honored and blessed to be part of this 2017 Great Pumpkin Festival celebration.”

2017 Pumpkin Winner

Big pumpkin winner on Oct. 7, 2017 was this 1594 pound entry by John and James Van Hook of Somerset, KY. This is a new state record pumpkin for Kentucky.