Scene from the National Pumpkin Festival parade, Spring Hope. Photo courtesy Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce
National Pumpkin Festival
The first weekend in October of each year, the town
of Spring Hope, North Carolina, with a population of about 1,300,
is host to more than 40,000 people who come to the National Pumpkin
Festival. Held by the Spring Hope Chamber of Commerce since 1971,
it includes a pumpkin weigh-in contest, a pumpkin recipe contest,
and a pumpkin creations contest for children, who create pumpkin
designs in 45 minutes using only props from a "surprise bag." Other
events featured include a street dance, a crafts show, an antique
car show, musical entertainment, a carnival, a pumpkin queen
contest, and a parade.
Originally submitted by: Bob Etheridge, Representative (2nd District).
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