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Heritage Foundation’s Pumpkinfest to Return to Downtown Franklin Oct. 26

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Heritage Foundation’s Pumpkinfest to Return to Downtown Franklin Oct. 26

Sponsored by Jackson, the Fall festival brings back all the best Pumpkinfest highlights with new additions

September 26, 2019 (FRANKLIN, Tenn.) – The Heritage Foundation of Williamson County’s 36th annual Pumpkinfest presented by Jackson® will return to downtown Franklin on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019. As the largest Fall festival in Middle Tennessee, Pumpkinfest attracts more than 65,000 visitors of all ages to Main Street.

“Pumpkinfest is a favorite fall tradition for Williamson County residents and visitors from all over,” said Bari Beasley, CEO of the Heritage Foundation. “This family-friendly festival is such an important part of the cultural heritage of Franklin, and we could not be prouder of the offerings we have at this year’s event.”

Since 1967, the 501(c)3 non-profit Heritage Foundation has been producing iconic street festivals in downtown Franklin, TN, initially as a means of economic vitality for the developing community and now as a way to preserve and share our local cultural heritage. The Heritage Foundation is dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s historic, architectural and geographic resources; in short, saving and sharing the places and stories that matter.  

Pumpkinfest highlights include:

  • Our Famous Kids Zone produced by Church of the City from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (Free) 
  • Costume Contests:
    • NEW! Revamped costume parade down Main Street
    • People Costume Contest at 11:30 a.m. at the Main Stage 
    • Pet Costume Contest sponsored by Mars Petcare at 2:00 p.m. at the GRSM Acoustic Corner Stage
  • Sister Cities “Great Pumpkin” photo booth and Guess the Weight Contest
  • Extreme Pumpkin Carving sponsored by Parks Realty
  • Hundreds of craft and food vendors
  • Bavarian Bierhaus Beer Garden
  • Leiper’s Fork Distillery Whiskey Lounge
  • NEW! Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens Activities from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    • Pre-restoration tours of the main mansion
    • Heritage Classroom activities for kids like candle dipping, pool noodle log cabin building and more
    • Pumpkin patch photo opportunities
    • Presentation about Williamson County Women in History from County Historian Rick Warwick 
  • Heritage Foundation VIP Member Lounge sponsored by Berry Farms
  • Downtown Franklin Rotary Chili Cook-Off
  • Live entertainment on multiple stages
  • Williamson County High School Battle of the Bands presented by Dark Horse Institute

Niya Moon, Corporate Philanthropy Manager from Jackson said, “We are delighted to return as the Presenting Sponsor this year for the 36th Annual Pumpkinfest. What a great way to celebrate fall and support the Heritage Foundation as they work to preserve the communities we call home here in Williamson County.”

This year, there will also be a new mobile app to help visitors maximize their experience and easily locate different activities. Soon, the app will be available to download from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. 

Parking and shuttle services from Franklin Transit Authority will be available from Church of the City and The Park at Harlinsdale Farm for $1 per person each way. No pets, non-folding strollers, food or drink are allowed on the trolleys.

Sponsors and key partners include Jackson, Bavarian Bierhaus, Berry Farms, Church of the City, Dark Horse Institute, Frost Brown Todd, GSRM Law, The Heritage at Brentwood, Leiper’s Fork Distillery, Mars Petcare, Parks Realty, Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, Williamson Medical Center, FOX 17, Franklin Home Page, Hippie Radio 94.5, Mix 92.9, Nashville Scene and YOUR Williamson. 

To register for the people costume contest, pet costume contest or for more information about the festival, visit

About the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN

Since 1967, the Heritage Foundation of Williamson County, TN has been dedicated to protecting and preserving Williamson County’s architectural, geographic and cultural heritage and promoting the ongoing revitalization of downtown Franklin in the context of historic preservation. Notable projects include The Franklin Theatre, Roper’s Knob, parts of the Franklin battlefield and the Old, Old Jail. The Foundation brings county history to about 3,000 public, private and homeschooled children each year through the Heritage Classroom program and walking tours of downtown Franklin. Events and festivals produced by the Heritage Foundation such as Main Street Festival, the Heritage Ball, Pumpkinfest and Dickens of a Christmas bring hundreds of thousands of locals and visitors to downtown Franklin each year. The Heritage Foundation owns and operates the “home of first kisses,” The Franklin Theatre, the area’s nationally accredited Main Street Program through the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Downtown Franklin Association, and the organization’s newest division and current restoration and rehabilitation project, Franklin Grove Estate & Gardens. For more information about the Heritage Foundation, visit