Pumpkin Festival a big success in downtown Fayetteville


The Old Courthouse lawn was decorated with hundreds of pumpkins, and the Pumpkin People were everywhere for Fayetteville Main Street’s Annual Great Pumpkin Festival Halloween weekend. Spring Hill Elementary filled the lawn with 271 pumpkins and was awarded first place for the most pumpkins.

Fayette Intermediate and Hood Avenue together placed second with approximately 154 pumpkins, and North Fayette Elementary School placed third with 94 pumpkins. Other schools participating in the Pumpkin Walk included The Joseph Sams School, Primrose School of Summit East, Fayetteville First United Methodist Church, Girl Scout Service Unit 616, LaFayette Kids World and several miscellaneous entries.

“Best Overall” went to John Kempotich at Spring Hill Elementary for his ”Space Shuttle pumpkin”. “Scariest” went to Kameron Locke at North Fayette Elementary for his “Sea Monster Face” pumpkin. “Most Creative” went to Victoria Henson at Hood Avenue for her “Stain Glass with Face” pumpkin. “Funniest” went to Cailey Bryant at Spring Hill Elementary for “Molded Cheese Motel” pumpkin”.

“This event brought a lot of people to Downtown Fayetteville, and is one of the most popular events for the community. This year, over 100 vendors displayed their produce, kettle corn, jewelry, children’s clothing, candles, jellies, jams, homemade breads, and much more. We also invited local merchants to participate that wanted to showcase their business,” said Joyce Waits, Main Street Coordinator.

Hayrides, train rides and boiled peanuts were provided by New Vision Church, and many other kid-friendly activities were present including face painting, a balloon man, 92.5 the Bear’s live broadcast, the Dixie Swing provided by Can U Play, and a jumping inflatable provided by Gym South. Entertainment was provided by Music Alive from New Vision Church, The Martial Arts of America, Turning Pointe of Dance, and Rachel’s Dance Connection provided Line Dancers, Clogging, and Belly Dancers.

The costume contest produced nine winners in three different age group categories. Costume Contest winners included the following:

1-4 years 1st place- Old Couple – Lathan Gibby – age 4 and Lilliana Ledford – age 2 2nd place- Scarecrow – Zaiden Lee – age 1 3rd place- Strongman – Ryan Rones – age 21 months

5-8 years 1st place- Mr. Gumball Machine Head – Highland Roberts – age 7 2nd place- Zombie Cowboy – Tristan Lee – age 7 3rd place- Chainsaw Girl – age 7

9 – 13 1st place- Twister Girl – Hope Grandy – age 12 2nd place- Gorilla with Baby – Hayden Roberts – age 10 3rd place- Victorian Zombie – Skylar Gray – age 10

The winner for “Best in Show” in the Pumpkin People contest went to “MOPP” Studio. Thanks to all of our merchants that participated in this event. The Great Pumpkin Festival and Trick-or-Treat are just two of the many events organized by Main Street Fayetteville. Please visit the City of Fayetteville, GA Facebook page for more pictures or at www.Fayetteville-GA.gov for more information about the remaining events for 2011.