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SPRING HOPE NATIONAL PUMPKIN FESTIVAL

Pumpkin Festival fun set for Friday, Saturday

Posted on September 26, 2021

Updated on September 27, 2021

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A little girl hugs her pumpkin during a recent Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival. After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event last year, the 49th annual festival is scheduled this weekend. For more details, see the October issue of Wide Awake inside this week's edition of The Enterprise.

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A little girl hugs her pumpkin during a recent Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival. After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled the event last year, the 49th annual festival is scheduled this weekend. For more details, see the October issue of Wide Awake inside this week's edition of The Enterprise.

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SPRING HOPE — Thousands of attendees are expected to celebrate the harvest season at the 49th annual Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival this weekend.

The two-day festival is set for Friday and Saturday. Organizers have been busy making the final arrangements and getting ready for the town’s moment in the spotlight.

“It’s taking shape: it’s coming together,” said Ethan Vester, president of the Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce.

Festivities begin Friday with some vendors opening at noon. Kids’ activities begin at 5 p.m. with a street dance kicking off at 7.

The annual Miss Pumpkin Queen and Little Miss Pumpkin pageants are being held differently this year due to pandemic restrictions.

Judges interviewed the six contestants for each pageant over the weekend, and winners will be announced at the festival. No contestant portraits were taken.

Saturday starts early with the giant pumpkin and watermelon weigh-off sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth. Growers will begin registering their giant gourds at 8 a.m. with the weigh-off starting at 9.

Giant pumpkins are on their way to Spring Hope from as far away as West Virginia, Vester said.

“We can’t wait to see what we got,” Vester said. “We may have some newsworthy watermelons.”

Everyone is getting in on the action. Local 4-H Club kids grew giant pumpkins this year.

“It will be exciting to see youngsters at the scales,” Vester said.

Craft vendors, bounce houses and other attractions are set to open at 9 a.m. Saturday.

Vendor slots are full, Vester said, with several hopefuls on a waiting list.

“We still need the support of the community,” Vester said. “Help with the budget.”

The parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday. Around 10,000 people usually attend.

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