24th Annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival Set For Saturday, October 3

The 24th annual Allardt Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-off is set for Saturday, October 3, and anticipation is high for another state or world record pumpkin, watermelon, or green squash.

Last year’s spectacular weigh-off saw the Tennessee state record for giant pumpkins broken twice by Allardt growers – first by Christopher Garrett with an entry weighing 1337.3 pounds and then by his father Kevin Garrett with a giant weighing 1405.6 pounds. Five pumpkin entries weighed in at over 1,000 pounds in 2014.

Allardt is a 2015 GPC weigh-off site offering $1000, $600, and $400 prizes for the top pumpkin, watermelon, and green squash respectively. An assortment of corn stalks, potatoes, tomatoes, sunflowers and other entries will compete for recognition in addition to the giant vegetables. The Weigh-off at the Sandy’s Diner building is set for 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Register your vegetable entries there from 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. Dwight Dixon will serve as weigh-off master of ceremonies.

Runners start off the day, October 3, at 7 a.m. (Central) at Allardt School for the annual Pumpkin Run. This year there are 10k, 5k, and 3k runs and a one-mile Fun Run. Download an entry form at allardtpumpkinfestival.com and bring it to the run. Hall Family Pharmacy in Jamestown sponsors the event.

The festival gets underway formally at 10 a.m. (Central) with a kick-off at City Hall where Chairman Tom Potter will introduce the festival King and Queen and pageant winners. A costume contest sponsored by Progressive Savings Bank for the kids up to age 12 will follow. Register for the contest at 9:30 a.m.

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