21st Annual PUmpkinFest!

The Town of Franklin presents the 21st Annual PumpkinFest
featuring the World Famous Pumpkin Roll
Saturday, October 21, 2017

Get ready to let the good times roll during Franklin, North Carolina's 21st Annual PumpkinFest! This street festival and celebration of Autumn is pure familiy fun! Children and adults alike will have a blast taking part in traditional and some very non-traditional fall festivities during Western North Carolina's premiere autumn festival.

PumpkinFest rolls into action on Saturday, October 21st, rain or shine! Historic Downtown Franklin is full tilt with everything pumpkin. Bring your pumpkin (or purchase one downtown) and sign up early for the World Famous Pumpkin Roll. The Costume Parade and Contest is another highlight of the day as well as the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest. And don't miss out on the great food, mountain arts & crafts, and entertainment including roving street performers. PumpkinFest runs from 9am to 4pm.

More information can be obtained by calling 828-524-2516 or drop us an email at pumpkinfest@franklinnc.com. You can also follow PumpkinFest on Facebook to keep posted on the latest information!

PumpkinFest Vendor Information


PumpkinFest is Western North Carolina's premiere celebration of Autumn. Set in beautiful Western North Carolina mountains, PumpkinFest is an annual event and features great entertainment, contests, arts & crafts, food and much more. 2017 marks our 21st year of the festival!

Applications are now available for download below.

» Food Vendor Application

» Arts & Crafts Application

» Non-Profit Application

Vendor Displays: Eligible vendors include: Arts & Crafts, Food and Non-profit. Exhibitor spaces are 10' x 10'. Multiple spaces may be purchased. All exhibitors are responsible for securing their booth tents and displays against acts of nature. Exhibitors are required to be set up and present for the entire time of the event, 9 AM until 4 PM. Failure to comply can result in no invitation to participate in future years. This is a rain or shine festival.

If you would like more information call 828-524-2516 or drop us an email at pumpkinfest@franklinnc.com. You can also follow PumpkinFest on Facebook to keep posted on the latest information!

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World Famous Pumpkin Roll

Sponsored by The Factory, the World Famous Pumpkin Roll is the centerpiece event of PumpkinFest is the World Famous PumpkinRoll. That is not something to eat, although those will be available from food vendors, it is literally seeing who can roll a pumpkin the greatest distance down Phillips Street and vying for bragging rights and the $100 grand prize. Sign up for the Pumpkin Roll is from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. with the actual “roll” from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Pumpkins will be available for purchase at the PumpkinRoll Sign-Up Area.

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Two Kid's Zones

From 9:00am to 4:00pm young ones attending PumpkinFest can enjoy two FREE Kid's Zones. These areas of inflable attractions and more will be setup at either end of Main Street.

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Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

It's messy but it is so much fun! Join in the Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest(s) during PumpkinFest. We hold two rounds - one for adults and one for the kids. There is a $25.00 cash prize for the winner of both contests.

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Costume Contest & Parade

An annual tradition of PumpkinFest is the Costume Parade & Contest. Participants gather at Town Hall at 1:15pm and march up Main Street to the Gazebo on the Square for the Contest. Entrants are accepted in the following age groups .... 0 to 2, 3 to 4, 5 to 6, 7 to 10, 11 to 14, 15 & Up! Trophies are awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place in each age group.