Guide to Pumpkinfest

Guide to Pumpkinfest

This year is the 30th birthday for Downtown Franklin's signature fall festival, Pumpkinfest.  This annual Halloween festival takes place on October 26 and is filled with a costume contest, live music, childrens activities, food, the Franklin Tommorrow Chili Cookoff, and more from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  Pumpkinfest is the one festival you won't want to miss, so get out your costume, bring the kids and your dog and make plans to be part of the festivities.  Oh and make sure you bring your A game costume, because people pull out all the stops at this event!  Here's the guide to Pumpkinfest so you can make the most of this year's event.








Event Information

Date: Saturday, October 26, 2013

Time: 10:00am - 6:00pm

Live Music

The festival includes stages at both Five Points and the Public Square that will feature all-day music for attendees from 10am to 6pm.

Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook-off

Franklin Tomorrow’s 11th annual Chili Cook-off is set for Saturday, Oct. 26,on Third Avenue South between Franklin City Hall and the Historic Courthouse. Darrell Waltrip Automotive is once again a co-presenting sponsor for the event, which will feature 12 teams vying for the coveted People’s Choice and Judges’ Choice Awards, as well as Best Booth Decor.

Teams ready to compete include Merridee’s Breadbasket; Clark Shelton for McCreary’s; Bob Parks Realty; Franklin City Club; Franklin Firefighters Local 3758; Zolo’s Italian Restaurant; YOUR Williamson Magazine; Corner Pub of Franklin; Kimbro’s Restaurant; My Friend’s House; Brian Irvin for Orca Coolers; and Franklin Noon Rotary.  Serving will begin at 11 a.m. and continue until 3 p.m. or the chili runs out! Beer will also be available under the food tent at the event, which is again located on Third Avenue South between the Historic Courthouse and Franklin City Hall.  

Each tasting tray will contain 12, two-ounce samplings from the teams. A ticket for voting accompanies every tray. Hot dogs cooked by the volunteers from ATMOS Energy will be available, as well as drinks and chips and perhaps even dessert.

Costume Contest

Children, adults and even pets can compete in five categories during the annual costume contest on the Public Square. The categories are: pets; children, ages 0-2; 3-5; 6-11 and 12+. The entry fee is $2, and sign-up is next to the stage in front of City Hall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is a maximum of 50 contestants in each category. Contestants must be entered and present at the stage on the Public Square by 3 p.m. to participate. Competition starts at 3 p.m. and concludes by 4 p.m.

Arts & Crafts

More than 75 arts and crafts booths will feature handcrafted fall and holiday items. Booths will be set up and open from the Public Square and East Main Street to First Avenue from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Children's Activities

Children’s activities will include pumpkin painting, free games with small prizes offered by several local non-profits, inflatables, pony rides and a petting zoo, games and more.  Also, returning this year is the Great Pumpkin, delivered to Main Street by Franklin’s Sister City—Carleton Place, Canada. 

Graveyard Tours

For some spooky fun, tours of downtown Franklin’s two historic cemeteries on North Margin Street (two blocks from Main Street) will be offered from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday evening. In “Grave Matters: Stories Behind the Stones,” costumed actors relay fascinating stories of the cemeteries’ inhabitants. Tickets are $15 for ages 14 and up, and $5 for ages 7 to 13. Tickets may be purchased at, at the Heritage Foundation office at 134 Second Avenue North or at the gate the night of the event.


Grabe your friends and your costumes and get ready for Pumpkinfest.  While your there, make sure to send us your pictures or share them with us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!



Posted Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013 by Michael Gonzales in Guides, Events, Festivals, Holiday Happenings