26th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival
and Weigh-off, Saturday, October 7
Allardt's 26th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off is set for Saturday, October 7. (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 30. 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. For more information contact Julia Brannon, 931-704-1240, 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. Entry fee is $15 for the 10k, 5K, and 3k, and $5 for the 1 mile Fun Run. (Family rate three or more entries $40 total). Sponsored by Hall Family Pharmacy to benefit Best Friends Sanctuary. Download the Pumpkin Run Entry Form at www.allardtpumpkinfestival.com or the Allardt Pumpkin Festival Facebook page. Or register the morning of the run.
Festival Kick-off Ceremonies –10 a.m. at Allardt City Hall. Chairman Tom Potter will welcome everyone and present the 2017 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.
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.
Clyde and Zelia Stephens Memorial Auto Show and the Motorcycle Show
Registration Saturday from 8 a.m. – noon Central Time at the 4-Way Stop in Allardt. $10 registration fee. ALL cars, trucks, and motorcycles welcome!
- Auto/Motorcycle Show Awards and Prizes – 2 Pumpkin Queens Choice Trophies (1 to auto and 1 to motorcycle). Plaques to Top 25. Dash plaques to the first 250 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 and awards sponsored by O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fitzgerald Glider Kits, York Institute Cheerleaders.
- Event chairman: Stephen Williams, 931-265-3264.
Antique Tractor Show - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gernt Lumber Yard behind Allardt Land Company. Coordinators Dustin Garrett (931-319-1871) and Bryan Edwards (931-704-1241), assisted by Levi Buttrey. Participants will receive commemorative plaques or trophies. Three Rivers Tractor Club from Harriman will bring several entries. Sponsored by Twin Lakes Lawn and Tractor and Norris Super Cycle, both of Rickman; L & A Truck Repair, Clarkrange; and Garrett Tractor Repair and Restoration, Jamestown.
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 5. Call Crystal Tompkins at 879-5897 or 397-3495 to register and for additional information.
Entertainment- 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. – On stage at Allardt City Hall. Performers include Leonard Anderson, Lonesome County Line, Brother Rains, Jeff Crouch, and Ghost of Gatewood. 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, coordinator.
~ Free Parking and Free Admission ~
Auto and Motorcycle Show Sponsors: O’Reilly Auto Parts, Fitzgerald Glider Kits, the York Institute Cheerleaders.
Weigh-off and Festival Sponsors and Contributors: Allardt Land Company, Dilip Joshi, MD, Hall Family Pharmacy, Fentress County Farm Bureau, Fentress County Solid Waste, Fentress Courier, Fentress County Soil Conservation District, First Volunteer Bank, Union Bank, Micro Metals, Patton Insurance, Progressive Savings Bank, St. Christopher Catholic Church, Top of the Hill Properties.