THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HELPED MAKE THE OCT. 2 FESTIVAL ONE OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST EVER .... AND BIG CHANGES COMING IN 2022.
The festival committee and the City of Allardt extend a grateful thank you to all the sponsors, contributors, vendors, and volunteers who helped make the 2021 Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off such a resounding success.
It was a record breaking, awesome day in so many respects. Pumpkin growers wowed us with the two giant entries weighing over 2,000 pounds each, breaking weight records for the Allardt event. The pumpkin entered by Robert Cyrus, at 2,194 pounds set a new record for the state of West Virginia.
We’re dreaming about that world record pumpkin that may make his appearance in 2022. All things are possible now that we’ve broken the 2,000-pound barrier. With the increase in sponsorship and prize money, we expect even more entries in the Weigh-Off; therefore, we will be moving the Weigh-Off location to the East side of the Allardt Elementary School parking lot. This will provide needed space and improve the safety of spectators as well as provide a smooth surface for the tow motor to move those giants around.
In an effort to downsize the crowd a little and cut back on the traffic, we will be moving the Clyde and Zelia Stephens Memorial Auto Show to the Saturday following the actual Festival and Weigh-Off, which is always the first Saturday in October. This move will also allow the Auto Show to move to the paved parking lot at Allardt Elementary.
We realize there is always room for improvement with any event of this magnitude. Our number one goal is to always provide a safe and family-friendly day of entertainment that does not cost money every step you take. We continue to enjoy free parking, thanks to several land owners, free entertainment, and lots of great events. The volunteer Festival Committee welcomes all interested parties to join us the second Tuesday of each month starting in May as we meet at Allardt City Hall at 7:00 pm to plan for the next big Festival.
An event like this would be impossible without our faithful sponsors, financial and in-kind. We are so grateful to them for their support and contributions. Many thanks to these individuals and businesses for the wonderful event they gave us.
Allardt Real Estate Co., Amanda Hicks, Candidate for Fentress County Clerk, Anderson Farm Services, City of Jamestown, Clarkrange Drug Center, County Executive Jimmy Johnson, Dave Kirk Automotive, Dr. Dilip Joshi, Fentress County Ambulance Service, Fentress County Chamber of Commerce, Fentress County EMA, Fentress County Farm Bureau, Fentress County Sheriff's Dept., Fentress County Soil Conservation District, Fentress Farmers Cooperative, First Volunteer Bank, Hall Family Pharmacy, Jimtown Florist, Micro Metals, Inc., NAPA Auto Parts, One Bank, O'Reilly Auto Parts, R&T Trophy, Representative John Mark Windle, Representative Kelly Keisling, Senator Ken Yager, Smart Bank, The Quality Family, TN Department of Transportation, TN Highway Patrol, Top of the Hill Cabins, Twin Lakes Telephone Coop, and Union Bank.