Allardt Celebrates 28 Years of Great Pumpkins

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Ever seen a giant pumpkin weighing in at over 1,000 pounds? That’s what you’ll find at the Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off.

During the first weekend in October, pumpkin, watermelon and squash growers descend on the tiny town of Allardt (population 614) in Fentress County to compete for cash prizes for the biggest homegrown fruits and vegetables. The 2019 event, slated for Oct. 5, marks the festival’s 28th year.

Read more: Giants Among Pumpkins at Allardt, TN, Festival

Other highlights of the event include a parade, an antique tractor show, a children’s costume contest, a homemade pumpkin pie contest, a Pumpkin Run, and a fireworks display. Craft and food vendors sell everything from quilts to homemade desserts.

Learn more about the Great Pumpkin Festival at

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