Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival to be held Saturday, Sunday

Monday, October 7, 2013 | 5:34 p.m. CDT; updated 8:56 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 7, 2013
The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival attracts a high attendance and traffic from Columbia and Jefferson City. There are several routes available to reach the small town.

COLUMBIA — Pumpkin butter and pony rides will be among the offerings at the Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival this weekend.

The 22nd-annual festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in Hartsburg. It will kick off with the crowning of the "Pumpkin King" and a parade at 9 a.m. Saturday.


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More than 160 vendors will sell food and crafts, and visitors will be able to pick pumpkins from local patches. Church services will be held Sunday morning at the festival, which will be free.

The population of Hartsburg is slightly more than 100, but 50,000 visitors are expected to attend, said Heather Milliner, secretary of the festival's committee.

The town shuts down for the festival, she said, and free parking will be available near the streets where it will be held.

Supervising editor is Richard Webner.

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