WELCOME BACK: Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

Thursday, August 18, 2011 | 12:12 a.m. CDT; updated 12:27 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival

For 20 years, the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival has been ringing in the fall season and Halloween with delicious treats, family-oriented games and, of course, thousands of pumpkins to pick and purchase. Nearly 6,000 people make the trip to Hartsburg each October for the multi-day festival. Attendees can expect more than 200 booths of seasonal crafts and handmade decorations from local artists, as well as sweet treats from local vendors.

Driving directions to Hartsburg

From Columbia: Head to U.S. 63 south. Drive about 16 miles south and turn right on East Arnold Lane. East Arnold Lane will become Highway A; continue driving for 4 miles. Turn on north Second Street near the U.S. Post office in Hartsburg.

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It's not all about the decor, though. Local bands give live performances each year, and visitors turn the festival into one big dance party. For kids, the festival offers hayrides, face painting, straw mazes and pumpkin carving. Attendees will find some of the ripest, plumpest pumpkins out of thousands in the patch. Boasting "family-friendly charm and hospitality," the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival has something in store for all who enjoy the warm sentiments of fall while the leaves turn and the bonfire burns.

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