Not only is Paris’ Festival of Pumpkins celebrating 20-years but the annual event is returning to its original location in downtown Paris.
Held Oct. 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., local can expect to xperience unique vendors with handmade wares, boutique clothing, festival foods, and more.
“Take pictures by the fall displays around the fountain, and shop for festival savings offered by the downtown stores,” said Main Street Coordinator Cheri Bedford. “The Festival of Pumpkins is a place where one can enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere. Bring a decorated pumpkin to the annual pumpkin decorating contest or dress up the kiddos for the costume contests.”
The Lamar County Humane Association will host a pet pageant and owner look-a-like contest.
“Pick out a pumpkin at the downtown pumpkin patch, or let the kids participate in the festival favorite ‘Fishing in the Fountain’ in the historic JJ Culbertson fountain in the center of the plaza.”
There will be a community art project which everyone is invited to participate in and all kid’s games are free. Musical entertainment will be on the east side of the plaza by the new brick downtown patio includes music by E-Flat Porch Band from McKinney, and Alyson Sichenzia and friends. Demonstrations by local dance and martial arts organizations will also take place throughout the day.
“Special accommodations are planned for social distancing and extra hand sanitizing stations will be placed in locations around the festival grounds. You will not want to miss this event where the community comes together,” said Bedford.
The event is made possible by the City of Paris, Harrison Walker Harper, Paris Cardiology Center, Tijerina Urology Clinic, Liberty National Bank, First Federal Bank, Hayter Engineering, and the Paris Visitors and Convention Council.
Bedford said they are still accepting vendors at this time. Those interested can visit www.festivalofpumpkins.com for more information.