Jacksonville celebrates 5th Pumpkin Festival

By Ryne Turke on October 23, 2015 at 12:47pm

The 5th annual Pumpkin Festival is set to take over the Downtown Square in Jacksonville this weekend.

Jacksonville Main Street’s Kristen Jenkins appeared on WLDS’ “What’s On Your Mind?” program this week to talk about the event, running from 11-4 p.m.

Jenkins says purchasing the $5 armband will provide a variety of entertainment.

“For the day we have crafts, food, a petting zoo and pony pals that will be there. The Disc Golf Club will be putting on a putting demo and the Jacksonville Theatre Guild will host Spooktacular. The fire safety house will be there, we have over 50 vendors and there will be a photographer there.”

Other activities include free hay rides, Spooky Stories from Mike Anderson, costume and pie eating contests and a pumpkin to decorate.

New to the Pumpkin Festival will be the Trunk or Treat event. Jenkins says around 45 cars have signed up to provide candy to kids in costumes.

Jenkins says the Pumpkin Festival is a nice and safe environment for people of all ages.

“We’ve got costume characters that are going to be escorting the children around and the Citizens Police Academy has volunteered their time to come down. We are making sure everyone stays safe. The streets will not be closed and parking will be available on the square. We are very accessible.”

Haunted Jacksonville Tours will also be available starting at 7 p.m.