Allardt Celebrates 25 Years of Great Pumpkins

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Ever seen a 1,473-pound pumpkin? That was the new state record set at last year’s Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off.

The first weekend in October, pumpkin, watermelon and squash growers descend on the tiny town of Allardt (population 637) in Fentress County to compete for cash prizes for the biggest homegrown fruits and vegetables. The 2016 event, slated for Oct. 1, marks the festival’s 25th year.

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Other highlights of the two-day event include a parade, an antique tractor show, a children’s costume contest, live music and a fireworks display. Craft and food vendors sell everything from quilts to homemade desserts.

The free festival is held on the first weekend of October. Learn more about the Great Pumpkin Festival at

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