PUMPKINTOWN — When it first began 40 years ago, the Pumpkin Festival hosted a handful of vendors and around two thousand people. In 2017, that number hit 35,000.
As for this year? Time will tell, but most Upstate residents agree — it’s not officially Fall until you’ve been to Pumpkintown.
The annual festival sprawls among the wooded landscape of the Oolenoy Community building on the second Saturday in October each year featuring handmade crafts, baked goods, bar-be-que plates, music and kid-friendly rides and games.
“We moved here from Ohio in 2013 and we’ve been going to this festival every year,” said 64-year-old Mary Lucas of Pickens. “It’s kind of funny, because the first time we went was an accident. My husband and I were out driving to look at the leaves and we thought ‘what in the world are all there cars doing here?’”
The rest, she said, was history.
“I bought the best tasting pumpkin bread I ever had in my life that year,” she said. “The next year, we came on purpose — and brought the grand kids.”
The 40th annual Pumpkin Festival is Saturday, Oct. 13 at Oolenoy Community Building in Pumpkintown, rain or shine. As always, a parade kicks off the event beginning at the Pumpkintown General Store at 9 a.m.
Participants wanting to enter the parade should contact the Pumpkintown Fire Department at 864-878-3473.
For more information on the festival or to volunteer call Buddy Cox at 864-878-2045.
Reach Kasie Strickland at 864-855-0355.