Aragon Pump­kin Fes­ti­val com­ing this week­end

The Standard Journal - - ENTERTAINMENT - By Sean Wil­liams SJ Cor­re­spon­dent

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.

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