The first weekend of October marks the annual Confluence PumpkinFest . Confluence is a small town with big ideas, and PumpkinFest reflects that same vigor and pride, and the three day festival is as much a celebration of the people as it is actual pumpkins.
The best way to enjoy this PumpkinFest is to be active in it! There is judging for a photo contest, for the best recipes, and for the biggest pumpkins. There is also a pie eating contest. There is a tractor pull, a kid’s tractor pull, a fire truck pull — men and women’s, and an Antique Tractor show. There is even car smashing. For those not accustomed to car smashing, imagine a baseball bat, goggles, and that old beat up sedan down the road
Enjoy live music all day and join in on the square dancing and don’t miss the tractor-square dancing. This fair runs exceptionally late into the evening so bring a jacket, especially Saturday when you can watch fireworks from the baseball field! Vendors are also open late selling crafts and food. The Pumpkin queen and Pumpkin Princesses will be gracing the fair all weekend too.
Adding to the against-the-grain originality of PumpkinFest, consider that most festivals would have their parade at the beginning of the festival. But Confluence holds their parade at end of the festival on Sunday. In a grand finale, the PumpkinFest Parade marches out of town as confidently as fall marches in.
Admission to the festival is free but entry fees into contests and exhibitions vary. No pets and no bicycles or skateboards. The festival is open 2:00-10:00 Friday, 9:00-10:00 Saturday, and 9:00-5:00 Sunday.