Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Great Pumpkin Festival Attracts All Ages

Carve your pumpkin, sew your costume, gather your goody bag and head toward downtown Fayetteville for the Great Pumpkin Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25 at the Old Courthouse Square and the Stonewall Village complex.

Begin the weekend with the long-standing tradition of viewing the Main Street Pumpkin Walk on Fri., Oct. 24 and Sat. Oct. 25. Groups and schools are invited to participate in the contest by lining the Courthouse Square sidewalks with their decorated pumpkins by 12:00 p.m. on Fri. Oct. 24.

The group or school with the most decorated pumpkins will receive cash prizes including $300 for first place, $150 for second and $75 for third. Also, individual pumpkins will be judged and receive ribbons in the following categories: Best All Around, Most Creative, Funniest and Scariest.

On Sat., Oct. 25 from 10 – 6:00 p.m. vendors will start the festival which will include lots of food, arts and crafts. Then from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. children, along with their families, are invited to Trick-or-Treat on Main Street around the Courthouse Square businesses, as well as to the different business vendors set up around the Gazebo. Main Street will provide the bags at the fountain in Stonewall Village. New Vision Community Church will provide free hayrides and boiled peanuts and music and entertainment will also be provided. Main Street will host a children’s costume contest beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the fountain in Stonewall Village.

Also on Saturday, October 25th, the resurrection of the Great Georgia Ghosts Storytelling Tour is back again this year with the Museum’s Spirit Guides as they take you on a guided walking tour through the Historic City Cemetery. You will meet spirits from beyond the grave and learn about local history through the tales they weave. Learn about the great cyclone of 1892, speak to a Civil War captain and meet Doc Holliday and Margaret Mitchell. You will discover what ties them to Fayetteville and the historic cemetery. Afterwards, return to the Museum for treats.
For the month of October through the Great Georgia Ghosts Tour, a special mourning exhibit featuring Victorian Mourning Styles & Rituals will be displayed at the Museum. Meet at the Holliday Dorsey Fife Museum from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. to participate in this tour. $5 adults and $3 for children 12 and under.

For information or vendor applications for the Pumpkin Walk, Trick-or-Treat on Main Street or the Great Georgia Ghost Tour call Main Street at 770-719-4173.
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