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Franklin Pumpkinfest


Franklin’s favorite celebration of fall returns every October, the festival stretches along Main Street and its avenues and offers tons of festive fun for families.

Church of the City Kids’ Zone
Third Avenue South will be transformed into a full block of free children’s activities from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Bouncy houses, pony rides, face painting, games, a dedicated preschool area, and much more will keep the small fry entertained for hours.

HomeTown Pet Costume Contests
Costume contests for both humans and pets will take place on the stage on the Public Square.

Live Entertainment
Two stages will feature full lineups of music and dance performances. In addition to the stage on the Public Square, this year a second stage will be located on Main Street at First Avenue, near Landmark Booksellers. The ConSoulers will take the First Avenue stage at 4 p.m. for a two-hour street dance.

Arts and Crafts Vendors
More than 80 artists and crafts people with handmade wares will line Main Street from Second to Fifth Avenues. Don’t miss the unique shopping opportunities.

Street Festival Food
Old favorites like corn dogs, funnel cakes, fried catfish, and chicken tenders will join some newer offerings in two dedicated food zones: around the Public Square, and on Fourth Avenue South.

Chili Cook Off
The Franklin Tomorrow Chili Cook Off will take place on Third Avenue North.

The Great Pumpkin
Franklin’s Sister City, Carleton Place, Canada, is again growing our Great Pumpkin. Stop by its location on the Public Square and guess its weight for a chance at a fabulous prize.

Grave Matters: The Stories Behind the Stones
After dark, Franklin’s historic cemeteries will come to life with first-person stories of some of the folks buried there.

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