15th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest set for Nov. 4
Special to SVLfreenews.com
Downtown Statesville will be filled with live music, arts and crafts, great food, shopping, children’s activities, and much more on Saturday, Nov. 4, for the 15th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest.
From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be three stages showcasing a variety of music and entertainment. Rockie Lynn, Wood Family Tradition and the Statesville Drumline will perform on the Center Stage, hosted by WAME Real Country 92.9 & 550.
Numerous other performances will happen throughout the day on different stages around the festival, including demonstrations of dance, gymnastics, martial arts and acoustic performances on the Acoustic Stage, hosted by WSIC 100.7 FM, 1400 AM & 21-2 TV.
Kids will be entertained all day long in the Kids’ Zone, which will offer a variety of amusement park rides and inflatables. All-day wristbands or individual tickets for the Kids’ Zone will be available for purchase at the festival (cash only).
In addition, kids can smash pumpkins, paint them, bowl with them, or compete in the pumpkin pie-eating contest happening at 2 p.m. at the Center Stage at the Square. Registration for the pie-eating contest begins at 10 a.m. at the information tent.
For the more grown-up kids, the Pumpkin Fest Classic Cornhole Tournament will take place on West Broad Street, with warm-ups beginning at 11:30 a.m. and the tournament at 12:30 p.m. The entry fee is $50 per two-person team. It is a double-elimination tournament and cash prizes are awarded to the top four teams. Pre-registration is requested for this event. Check the website (www.downtownstatesvillenc.org/tickets) for registration and contact information.
Also for the adults, the Taste of N.C. Craft Beer Garden will be sponsored by Wine Maestro Downtown Statesville. It will feature five North Carolina beers and some of our favorite local musicians from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. $5 a beer; cash only.
During the 15th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest, Court Street will be transformed into a large parking lot of classic cars (1991 and older) for the Classic Car Cruise-In. All cars will stage on South Meeting Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. From 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., cars will start moving onto Court Street until the street is full. All cars must enter from the intersection of Front Street and Meeting Street. Pumpkin Fest attracts thousands of spectators each year and we want everyone to arrive and leave safe. For more information about the Cruise-In, contact Chuck Goode at 704-929-8150.
Fifth Street Ministries will once again host the 5K Road Race and One-Mile Fun Run/Walk to kick off the 2017 Statesville Pumpkin Fest! All proceeds will support Diakonos Veterans Transitional Housing Program. The 5K starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Fun Run/Walk starts at 9 a.m. Registration fee for the Fun Run is $10 and the 5K is $30. Online registration is available at www.racesonline.com. Register by October 20 for a free T-shirt. For additional information, contact Fifth Street Ministries at 704-872-4045 or email email@example.com.
Downtown restaurants and stores will also be open throughout the day. Admission to the festival is free, although some of the activities will charge a fee. The event will take place rain or shine.
The 2017 Statesville Pumpkin Fest is sponsored McDonald's of Iredell County; City of Statesville Electric Utilities; WAME Real Country 92.9 & 550; WSIC 100.7 FM, 1400 AM & 21-2 TV; SVL Free News; Piedmont Forklift Handling, Inc.; Lowe's Home Improvement; Lakewood Golf Club; and Howard Family Farm. Downtown Statesville Development Corporation and the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce organize the event.
For more information about the festival, contact Downtown Statesville Development Corp. at 704-878-3436 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Center Stage - hosted by WAME Real Country 92.9 & 550
10:00 am - National Anthem
10:00 - 10:30 pm - Statesville High School Small Ensemble
11:00 - 1:30 pm - Rockie Lynn
1:30 - 2:00 pm - Statesville High School Drumline
2:00 - 2:30 pm - Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
2:45 - 5:00 pm - Wood Family Tradition
Acoustic Stage - hosted by WSIC 100.7 FM, 1400 AM & 21-2 TV
11:00 am - 12:30 pm - Knock on Wood
1:00 - 2:30 pm - Patty M
3:00 - 4:30 pm - LeeD Not Follow
10:00 am - Mixxed Fit and YMCA Dance Academy
11:00 am - In His Steps Dance
11:30 am - Centre Ballet
12:00 pm - Acrofitness
12:30 pm - Tilley’s Dance Academy
1:00 pm - Thai Kickboxing Organization (TKO)
1:30 pm - Phoenix Martial Arts Academy
2:45 pm - Betty’s School of Dance
3:30 pm - Royal Heat Dance Team
4:00 pm - Fine Arts Magnet of Iredell Statesville Schools (FAMIS)
4:30 pm - Statesville Housing Authority’s Cheer Group