Winnsboro celebrating with inaugural Pumpkin Fest
by Lucas Vance Staff Writer
WINNSBORO — Fairfield County residents will fill the streets of downtown Winnsboro for the first annual Pumpkin Fest on Saturday.
Access will be closed off from Liberty Street to Washington Street for the event, which begins at 5 p.m. and will go until 10 p.m.
The festival is being put on by the newly formed Historic Downtown Merchant Association and the Town of Winnsboro. Since the event is free to the public, town officials have asked parents to bring a bag of candy to ensure every trick-or-treater will leave with plenty of candy.
Community develop and grant administrator Connie Shackelford is looking forward to the festivities.
“There will be lots to do and we are asking parents to please come, bring their children and a bag of candy,” Shackelford noted.
Trick-or-Treating will take place from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m.
Residents, businesses, churches and civic organizations are encouraged to set up a table to hand out candy to the trick-or-treaters. The best decorated tables will be awarded a $50 prize. Contact Kathy Timms at Summer Day at 803-718-0553 to sign up for a table.
Those in attendance can also enjoy getting their faces painted, watching stilt walkers and collecting shaped balloons.
Starting at 6 p.m., hayrides will begin and the judging will start for the best baked pumpkin pie. If you feel like you bake the best pumpkin pie, then bring one of your pies to Hoots to be judged. The winner will be given a $25 cash prize.
Afterwards, contestants, judges and attendees can enjoy a piece of pumpkin pie.
There will also be a jack-o-lantern contest. Judging for the best carved jack-o-lantern will begin at 6:30 p.m. in front of the gazebo. Town administrators have asked contestants to bring a jack-o-lantern with a non-fire candle. The winner will receive a $25 reward.
Also at the gazebo, the Columbia Marionette Theater will present a puppet show entitled “The World of Anansi the Spider Puppets” at 7 p.m. Following the puppet show, Frankie O’Neal be telling stories at 7:30 p.m. She well tell old tales, tall tales, and lies but the main tale will be about Spencer Spivey and his adventures in Ireland.
The fun-filled evening will come to a close with a fire performing group called the “Firestorm,” whom performed in Winnsboro four years ago. Coming from Aiken, Augusta and Charlotte, “Firestorm” will hula hoop with fire, blow fire and perform several stunts to entertain the crowd.
There will be two shows starting at nightfall, and Shackelford said their performance was a big hit the first time and she was happy to invite them for the first annual Pumpkin Fest.
“I learned about Firestorm in Augusta and I thought it would be a fun thing to bring to Winnsboro,” she said.
For more information about this Saturday’s Pumpkin Fest call Shackelford at 803-635-3333.
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