The Allardt Pumpkin Festival in Tennessee

by Christine LaFleur

The mission of the Allardt Pumpkin Festival is "to provide a weekend of family fun and entertainment, as well as appreciation for giant pumpkins and other vegetables." The Allardt Pumpkin Festival is held on the first weekend of October every year in Allardt, Tennessee. A variety of events and family fun await anyone who wants to visit the festival.


There is no shortage of events at the Allardt Pumpkin Festival. Compete for a pumpkin title in the beauty pageant. The beauty pageant is open to girls and boys under 2, and girls only from age 3 to 21. There are several pumpkin titles each designated to a specific age and gender category. Other events include the Pumpkin Run, the festival parade, live entertainment and a fireworks display.

Big Pumpkin Competition

If you grow giant vegetables, then enter them in the Big Pumpkin Competition. A few of the fruits you can enter are pumpkins, watermelon and squash. There are strict rules regarding the competition. You may only enter vegetables that have never before been in a contest, and all vegetables must be free from fungicides, pesticides, rot and deterioration. The winner of the big pumpkin competition must show their pumpkin in the festival parade.

Car Show

The annual car show is a must for those who have a fancy car or motorcycle they would like to show off. There are many prizes given away for registered car show participants. In 2010, registered participants were asked to bring cans of food to donate to the Fentress County Food Bank. Those who brought food were entered to win a 32-inch LCD TV. All proceeds from the car show benefit a local charity.


You will find unique items for sale at the Allardt Pumpkin Festival. Handmade dolls, wood crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fresh honey are sold by people who take pride in their wares. You will also be able to purchase delicious food from vendors who sell hamburgers, hot dogs, popcorn and specialty dessert items. Take your pick of traditional festival food and handmade arts and crafts.

About the Author

Christine LaFleur began her writing career in 2010. She has a featured blog on the What To Expect website, where she writes about her experiences in pregnancy and parenting. LaFleur holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

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