28th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival
and Weigh-off, Saturday, October 5
Allardt's 28th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off is set for Saturday, October 5. (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 28. 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. Entry fee: $25 beauty/ $5 photogenic. Download the entry form at the Allardt Pumpkin Festival Facebook page or pick up a form at Illusions Hair Salon, 207 Fairgrounds Rd., in Jamestown. Return completed applications to Illusions Hair Salon by Thursday, September 26 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, September 26. For more information contact Julia Duggan-Purcell, 931-704-1240, (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephanie Sparks, 931-267-5627. Sponsored by Clarkrange Drug Center.
Pumpkin Run - Registration 7 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. Oct. 5 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. Entry fee is $15 for the 10k, 5K, and 3k, ($40 for family 3+ entries) and $10 for the 1 mile Fun Run. Sponsored by Hall Family Pharmacy and Quality Private Care to benefit the Kirby Johnson Ballpark and Fentress County Youth Sports. 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. New this year – this is a qualifying race.
Festival Kick-off Ceremonies –10 a.m. at Allardt City Hall. Chairman Cathy Jeffers will welcome everyone and present the 2019 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 Fire Hall. The $10 entry fee will go to the Allardt Volunteer Fire Department with the actual desserts being served with the meals purchased at the Fire Hall. All proceeds go to the Allardt Fire Department. The first place winners in each of the two categories will get $200 each with the 2nd place winners receiving $50. 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. John Gunter will serve as the Site Coordinator. (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
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 – J.J. Johnson, 931-397-0678.
- Sponsored by Union Bank and Micro Metals Inc.
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. 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 3. Call Crystal Tompkins at 879-5897 or 397-3495 to register and for additional information.
Entertainment and On Stage Schedule – Allardt City Hall. William Bilbrey, entertainment chairman.
- 9:30 am – Costume Contest Registration
- 10:00 am – Pageant Winners and King & Queen Introduction / Costume Contest
- 12:00 – 12:45 pm – The Lovers from NBC’s show “The Voice”
- 2:00 – 3:00 pm – Southern Comfort
- 3:00 – 3:45 pm – Parade – Main Stage Break
- 3:45 – 4:30 pm – Higher Ground
- 4:30 – 5:30 pm – Pooch Parade
Pooch Parade – This year’s newest event is a costume contest for your favorite dog! Entries will register at 4:00 pm at Allardt City Hall with the actual contest starting at 4:30 on stage at City Hall. Dogs will compete in one big category for the top 5 Best Dressed Pooches at the Pumpkin Festival. Any costume theme is acceptable. All entrants must stay on a leash and show proof of current shot records including rabies and distemper shots. Copies are not necessary. Proof of bordetella shots are encouraged, but not required. The entry fee of $10 per dog will go to support Best Friends Sanctuary, Pooch Parade Sponsor.
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 $25 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, Best Friends Sanctuary, City of Jamestown, Clarkrange Drug Center, Conditioned Heating & Cooling, Dave Kirk Automotive, Dilip Joshi, M.D., Fentress County Soil Conservation District, Fentress County Farm Bureau, Fentress County Solid Waste, Fentress County Soil Conservation District, Fentress Courier, First Volunteer Bank, Garrett Tractor Repair & Restoration, Hall Family Pharmacy, Micro Metals Inc., Moody’s Automotive, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Progressive Savings Bank, Quality Private Care, R&T Trophies, Representative John Mark Windle, Senator Ken Yager, Steiner Tractor Parts, Top of the Hill Properties, Twin Lakes Tractor and Lawn, and Union Bank, UT Extension Service.