28th annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival open
HARSTBURG – Celebrating another fall season with pumpkin carving, hayrides and a straw maze, the 28th annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is back this weekend.
The festival is expected to bring thousands of people to Hartsburg with its arrangement of arts and crafts, musical entertainment, pumpkin picking and food.
The all-age event began in 1991 and has been a staple to mid-Missouri ever since. Running a craft booth at the festival for over ten years, Painters at Heart owner Anita Rogers said it’s the community that keeps her coming back.
“We love it here,” Rogers said. “I say ‘I’d love to live here,’ because it’s so homey and everybody is so friendly.”
Rogers sells handmade paintings and crafts. The festival is located on a pumpkin patch where thousands of pumpkins are available for picking. Although the main attraction is the pumpkins, dozens of vendors set up booths to sell food, crafts and clothing. Rogers said a special part of the weekend for her is visiting the other vendors.
Stylin with Leather is a first time vendor at the festival this year. Owner Aundrea LeGrand applied for a booth after hearing positive comments about the festival from another vendor and said she already feels a part of the community.
“I’ve always heard the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is a great community event,’” LeGrand said. “It’s been a great event to be a part of. There are lots of vendors here. There are lots of people. There’s been a wonderful turnout.”
On Saturday, the Parade and Cutest Baby Contest were held.
The festival is open today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.