Aragon Pumpkin Festival coming this weekend
Despite being t he smallest town in Polk, Aragon doesn’t pull any stops when it comes to festivals or celebrations.
Alongside an annual Barbecue and Children’s Day, the city is now looking to celebrate the first ever Pumpkin Fest this weekend on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Tom Pittman Field, located at 105 New Prospect Road.
Pumpkin Fest is designed to celebrate everything that comes with the chilly month of October and the ambiance of Halloween.
Scarecrows, cornstalks, and pumpkins are being gathered for decorations, and activities such as pumpkin painting contest, the find the pumpkin contest, and a cakewalk are planned for fall lovers.
Depending on the number of teams who sign up, Pumpkin Fest will be home to a softball tournament as well.
The event is free, but there will be plenty of opportunities for festival- goers to do some shopping.
A total of 24 vendors have already signed up to sell almost everything citizens could want including snow cones, cotton candy, funnel cakes, paparazzi jewelry, hot dogs, hamburgers, handmade bracelets, slime, bags, barbecue, LuLa Roe fashion, boiled corn, soaps, candles, accessories, wooden signs, vinyl, pumpkins, embroidered items and accessories, Tupperware, fall and Christmas décor, girl scouts baked goods, Halloween crafts, wreaths, mugs, ornaments, tea towels, peanuts, and peanut brittle.
The vendors are only increasing, and there are still spots for those who want to set up shop.
“We are still taking vendors,” Pumpkin festival organizer Jess Ozment said. “Vendors will have to go to Aragon City Hall during business hours to fill out the form and pay the $10 booth fee to reserve a spot. Let the city know if you will need electricity.”
She also mentioned that no vendors will be allowed to overlap and sell the same goods.
“No two people selling LuLa Roe, and no two people will be selling the same food,” Ozment said. The festival will also offer face painting, inflatables, and swing rides.
The winner of the painted pumpkin contest will be decided during the festival. “Pumpkins can be dropped off the week of the festival from Oct. 9 through Oct. 13,” Ozment said. “I’m looking forward to seeing how creative our community is.”
Those looking to demonstrate their searching skills need only show up to the festival. “The find the pumpkin contest will take place during the hours of the festival. We will provide clues and a prize will be given to the winner,” Ozment mentioned.
The date of Pumpkin Fest is fast approaching, but the festival is still collecting vendors, players and items. “We are still on the hunt for men’s softball teams,” Ozment said. “Please contact Marcy Garrison Pope for more info at 678-901-7923.”
Volunteers are also being requested for the event. “If you’d like to help out before, during, or after the event please contact Lisa Riley, myself, or Aragon City Hall,” Ozment said.
More Vendors in general are being requested, but there are certain items the Pumpkin Fest would like to see. “Painting, petting zoos, pony rides, small animals to feed and learn about, toys for men, toys for children, sand art, caricature artists, carnival games, or anything else that would bring in families to enjoy the day,” she said.