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Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival to return for 2021

Posted on April 26, 2021

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The Sleeping Booty Band will play the Friday Night Street Dance on Oct. 1 at the 49th annual Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival. The coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to cancel the annual fest last year.

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The Sleeping Booty Band will play the Friday Night Street Dance on Oct. 1 at the 49th annual Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival. The coronavirus pandemic forced organizers to cancel the annual fest last year.

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SPRING HOPE — The Pumpkin Festival is back!

This year was supposed to be the 50th festival, but with last year’s cancellation due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 49th annual Spring Hope National Pumpkin Festival is set to return the first weekend of October.

Nash County’s longest running annual festival has only been canceled once since its inception in 1971. But enough about 2020; a big event is planned for 2021.

Spring Hope Area Chamber of Commerce President Ethan Vester said most of the festival will return as usual with a few tweaks for social distancing purposes.

“I’ve taken some good advice from organizers of the State Fair,” Vester said. “Our food vendors will be spread out across downtown to break up big crowds. The parade route may be lengthened to allow people to spread out a little.”

Vester said the chamber is anxiously awaiting any announcements from Gov. Roy Cooper providing safety guidance for outdoor mass gatherings. 

The festival’s signature Friday Night Street Dance will feature music by the popular Sleeping Booty Band.

Wendell country music singer Russ James will perform on Saturday, Oct. 2. Other acts may be announced later, Vester said.

The Great Pumpkin Commonwealth will return during the festival weekend to hold a vegetable and fruit growing weigh-in competition. The group held its first Spring Hope weigh-in last year in place of the festival.

“Three of the biggest watermelons in North Carolina last year were weighed in Spring Hope,” Vester said.

The chamber is excited to welcome the GPC back as part of the festival moving forward, Vester said.

“We need sponsors,” Vester said.

Anyone interested in sponsoring the event or being a vendor can find information and forms on the chamber’s website, www.visitspringhope.com. Messages for Vester can be left at 252-478-1919.  

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