Parade, music, more planned for Confluence's Pumpkinfest
By Barbara Starn
Published: Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The community of Confluence will celebrate fall with its annual Pumpkinfest, to be held throughout the community Friday through Oct. 6 as a fundraiser for the Confluence Volunteer Fire Department.
Todd Suder, one of the event organizers, said that several things make the festival unique.
“This festival has no admission,” Suder said. “There is no gate, because the entire community participates in the festival. There is no parking, because parking is at Turkeyfoot High School. People can go by shuttle to the Pumpkinfest.”
The festival will feature many activities, including a lumberjack, a vintage baseball game and a car show. Cooks can show off their pumpkin recipes.
“We have limited space, so we try to vary our activities from year to year,” Suder said.
Suder said the annual parade is among the most popular of the events.
“The kids love it,” he said. “They enjoy the candy and the other attractions.”
The tractor pulls and the truck pulls also are popular, he said.
Suder said nobody is sure exactly how many years the Pumpkinfest has been held, although he estimated it at 25 years.
“The Confluence Tourism office first organized this event,” he said. “They worked in partnership with the fire department for several years. The fire department now organizes the event.”
The selection of the Pumpkinfest queen is a community event, said Amy Jarvis, who is in charge of the event.
“The juniors of Turkeyfoot High School select four contestants for queen,” she said. “The contestants then meet with the judges over a formal dinner, where four contestants are selected. These contestants' pictures are put in businesses around the community, where the public votes on them.”
Shannon Yeager, who organizes music for the event, tries to find something for everyone. On Friday, there will be classic rock. On Saturday, there will be country music. On Sunday, gospel and contemporary Christian music will be performed.
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