By Jessy Yancey
Ever seen a 1,331-pound pumpkin? That was the new state record set at the 2010 Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off.
The first weekend in October, pumpkin, watermelon and squash growers descend on the tiny town of Allardt (population 674) in Fentress County to compete for cash prizes for the biggest homegrown fruits and vegetables.
Other highlights of the two-day event include a parade, an antique tractor show, a children’s costume contest, live music and a fireworks display. Craft and food vendors sell everything from quilts to homemade desserts.
The free festival will be held on Oct. 6, 2012. Learn more about the Great Pumpkin Festival at www.allardtpumpkinfestival.com.