By Austin Thompson, Williamson Herald

The cooler fall weather set the right scene for this year’s Pumpkinfest held Saturday in downtown Franklin.

The Heritage Foundation’s 35th annual Pumpkinfest, presented by Jackson, kicked off the festivities at around 10 a.m. with some opening remarks from CEO Bari Beasley.

“For 35 years this festival has been a fall staple for the Franklin and Williamson County community,” she said. “Pumpkinfest embodies one of the most important parts of the Heritage Foundation and that’s our sense of community.”


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The highly anticipated costume contest for all ages and pets did not disappoint. From the cabbage patch kids to a unicorn, the one-of-a-kind costumes had the crowd talking.

There were also plenty of unique photo spots at the festival. Many attendees took family photos next to the pumpkins, on hay bales, or next to the vintage truck the foundation recently acquired.

Some of the new additions to Pumpkinfest this year were two beer gardens sponsored by Mantra, and a Heritage Foundation members-only lounge.