20th Annual Fall Festival
Downtown Athens, TN

Saturday, October 8, 2022
10 am – 5 pm

If you’re looking for something to do on Saturday, October 8th, look no further than Pumpkintown 2022.

Pumpkintown has become one of the region’s favorite festivals in the last 19 years with plenty of activities for young and old. The festival hours are 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. and are followed by the season finale of Sounds of Summer at 7:00 p.m. at the Market Pavilion Stage.

Pumpkintown celebrates the rich cultural history of East Tennessee. Native American culture and local history are displayed with elements that are unique and interesting for all ages. Pumpkintown is one of the largest annually attended events in McMinn County with almost 16,000 in attendance.

Some of the planned events will include:

  • Scott Crisp Memorial PowWow
  • McMinn County Living Heritage Museum-36th Annual Quilt Show
  • CASA Corridor of East Tennessee Run For The Child 5K/1 mile
  • McMinn Regional Humane Society Mutt Strut & Adopt-a-thon
  • Pumpkin Plinko
  • Pumpkin Painting at The Arts Center
  • Tennessee Wesleyan University Homecoming
  • USS Ware Reunion
  • Kanusita Garden Club Flower Show
  • Live Entertainment on Two Stages
  • Sounds of Summer Final Concert-The Dexter Thomas Band
  • 250 + arts/crafts/info/food vendors
  • Local Shopping


    Festival Schedule
    Pumpkintown PowWow - Athens, TN


     Saturday, October 8, 2022

    10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
    Athens, TN

    Pumpkintown MuttStrutt - Athens, TN
    Pumpkintown PowWow - Athens, TN

    Vendor Map
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    City of Athens - Friendly City Festivals Sponsor - Athens, TN
    Willsonthropic Compassionate Community

    Willsonthropic, Inc.

    Starr Regional Medical Center - Sponsor Friendly City Festivals - Athens, TN

    Starr Regional Medical Center

    DENSO - MooFest Sponsor


    McMinn County Tourism

    McMinn County Tourism Board

    Mayfield Dairy - Presenting Sponsor for Moofest - Downtown Athens, TN

    Mayfield Dairy Farms

    VEC Customer Shares Moofest Platinum Sponsor

    VEC Customer Shares

    Tennessee Arts Commission - Moofest Sponsor

    Tennessee Arts Commission

    Tennessee Overhill - MooFest sSponsor

    Tennessee Overhill

    Wolfenden Family Pharmacies - Moofest Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    Wolfenden Family Pharmacies

    Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Moofest Gold Sponsor

    Tennessee College of Applied Technology

    Warren Jackson CPAs - Moofest Sponsor

    Warren Jackson CPAs

    VIP Promotions - Moofest Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    VIP Promotional Products, LLC

    Superior Sanitation - Moofest Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    Superior Sanitation, LLC

    WCLE Mix 104.1 - Moofest Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    WCLE Mix 104.1

    Arts Center - Sponsor for Pumpkintown - Downtown Athens, TN

    The Arts Center

    Friendly City Festivals Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    Kiwanis International

    Simmons Bank - Sponsor for Friendly City Festivals - Downtown Athens, TN

    Simmons Bank

    The Daily Post-Athenian - Sponsor for Friendly City Festivals - Downtown Athens, TN

    Kiwanis International

    Citizens National Bank - Friendly City Festival Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    Citizens National Bank

    Athens Main Street - Friendly City Festivals Sponsor - Athens TN

    Athens Main Street

    Valley Oil Company - Sponsor for Friendly City Festivals - Downtown Athens, TN

    Valley Oil

    Simmons Wealth Management - Friendly City Festivals Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    Simmons Bank – Wealth Management

    WYXI - Sponsor for Friendly City Festivals - Downtown Athens, TN


    3 Rivers Radio Group - Friendly City Festivals Sponsor - Downtown Athens TN

    3 Rivers Radio Group

    Moses- Schrader - Friendly City Festivals Sponsor - Downtown Athens, TN

    Greg Moses & Kristin Schrader

    Almost Famous Kettlecorn 

    Amy Jo’s Pork Skins and Boiled Peanuts

    Athens Sno Biz

    Big Daddy’s BBQ Shack

    Big V Concessions

    Blazing Flames Hot Dogs & Concessions

     Chef Mos Café  

    Dailey’s Delights 

    Gonzo Gourmet

    Grandma’s Gingerbread Bakery

    Kenny’s Smokehouse 

    Kona Ice  

    Lackey Concessions 

    Low Country Cajun Seafood and More

    Mack Daddy Kettle Corn 

    Mayfield’s Dairy Farm

    Mimi and Papa’s Freeze Dried Treats

    Pam’s Bundt Cakes

    Patriot Cakes and Creamery

    Sisters Funnel Cakes & Fried Pies

    Scott’s Tots Food Truck

    Sugar Rush

    Sweet B’s Sugar Scrubs & More

    Sweet Southern Nana

    Swoop Dogz

    The Lunch Lady

    The Sweet Mamas

    Two Twistin Lemonade

    Whit’s Icebox

    Yahweh’s Café

    104.9 The Mountain/3 Rivers Radio Group

    A Step Ahead Chattanooga – Rachel Endo


    Alexander Keith Daughters of the American Revolution

    Athens Christian Church

    Athens City Schools

    Athens Fire Department

    Athens Optimist Club

    Athens Police Department

    Athens Elks Lodge  

    Casa Corridor of East Tennessee

    CMA – Christian Motorcycle Association

    Christian Motorcycle Association

    Community Artists League

    EG Fisher Library

    Fighting For The Bullys

    Girl Scout Troop 40311

    Grace Baptist Church Etowah

    Health Connect America

    Hospice of Chattanooga/Athens

    Isaiah 117 House Monroe/Mcminn

    Judy Hamilton for Athens City Council

    Lowe for Senate

    McMinn Chapter Tennessee Right to Life

    McMinn County Branch NAACP  

    McMinn County Democratic Party

    McMinn County Education Foundation

    McMinn County Republican Women

    McMinn County Rescue Squad

    McMinn Regional Humane Society 

    Medicare Insurance Advisors/Trinity Medic are 

    Nurture the Next


    Pol-bo-ro-nes, LLC

    Republic Finance for JORF

    Scouts BSA Troop 2019

    Sigma Kappa Sorority

    St. Paul’s Episcopal Church – Love, Period

    Stephen Hatchett for District Attorney

    Sweetwater Valley Dog Reserve

    Tennessee Division of Forestry

    Tennessee Overhill

    The American Legion Post 68

    The H.O.P.E Center Inc.

    Trinity Grace Church

    United Way of McMinn & Meigs Counties

    Valley Christian Academy

    Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5146

    Wellspring Mennonite Church

    Women at the Well Ministries

    2 ol Heifers

    22 Cute Designs

    7 T Designs

    A Little Country

    Amethyst Arts

    And Everything Nice

    B & S Carving

    Bare Roots

    B&D Hopechest

    Barn Creek Candle

    Beauty Counter with Victoria & Madison

    Beef & Blossoms


    Bleachin’ Bee’s

    Body, Divinity, Spirit and mind

    Bowdacious Barrettes

    Bradley Creek Designs

    C & T Quilts

    Cagle Handyworks

    Carley’s Closet

    Chele’s Costume Jewelry

    Clearwater Wood Works

    Compass Rose Creations

    Crafter’s Collage

    Crochet Queen TN

    Dancin’ Threads & Home Crafts by Grant

    DNA Soaps

    Dori’s Dots and Doodads


    Farm Girl Monograms

    Farmhouse Hippie Co.

    Front Door & Home Décor by Beth

    Good Vibes Bric-A-Brac

    Grateful and Kind Designs

    Grindhead Coffee

    Heavenly Jewelry & Accessories

    Hilltop Honeybees

    Holly’s Scrunchies and more

    Hudson & Harper Designs

    Independent Scentsy Consultant Jen Tallant

    In Sneed of Colour

    Jennifers Pinker Art

    Jo’s Crafts & Designs

    Jo’s Jams & Jellies

    Just Sayin’ Wood Crafts, LLC

    JW’s Designs

    Kathy’s Crafting

    Kristy’s Country Christmas

    Legacy Woodshop

    Lilybranch Tradinc Co. LLC

    Mac’s Creations

    Mad About Crystals

    Magnolia and Olive 

    Maimie’s Creations

    Meraki Mobile Boutique

    Murphy’s Quilts

    Nicole’s Baked Goods

    OMG Honey

    Pippin Approved

    Pure Romance

    Rags For Tails

    Real time Pain Relief

    Rechell’s Glassy Ladies

    Reloved Creations


    Reynolds Farm

    Saginaw Sweet Treatz

    Sassy Boutique Shop

    Scented Bliss Candle Co.

    Sharp Designs

    She Cave Boutique

    Simply Silk Creations

    Southern Chic Boutique 

    Southern Charm/Frosty Bites

    Specialty Crafts By Dennis

    Sponable Goat Milk Soap

    Stephanie Campisi (Children’s Book Author)

    Stylin’ on the go

    Sweet Southern Nana

    Sunshine Honey & Boutique

    Sweet B’s Sugar Scrubs & More 

    The Cracked Crystal

    The Happy Hound Bakery

    The Hydrangea Bloom

    The Little Farm

    The Lone Pine Company

    The Magnet Collection

    The Sweet Mamas

    Treasures Jewelers

    Waxed Hands

    Wild About Me

    Wine Whiskey and Sarcasm

    Yarnaholics of Athens

    Amedisys Hospice

    American Home

    Athens Jiu-Jitsu

    Athens Martial Arts

    Best Buy Metals

    Global Adventures – Christine Berens


    Deer View Deisgn Company

    Dirty South Motorsports Auto Service and Repair

    Etowah Health Care Center

    EXIT Milestone Realty

    Faith and Grace Farm

    First Impressions Vinyl Designs

    HM Graphics & Apparel

    JH Health Solutions

    Kinney’s Welding

    La- Z Boy 

    Life Care Center of Athens

    Little Country Farm

    McCay’s Southern Electric

    NHC Home Care

    Pawisitively K9

    Pinnacle Home Improvements

    Renewal By Anderson

    Salon Posh

    Silver Key Realty

    Southern Homes

    Southern Skies Ranch

    The Daily Post-Athenian

    Thompson Gas (Propane)



    Weichert Realtors SEM Associates


    Armfield Dance Academy

    Chattanooga Adventure Trains

    Face Painting & Games

    Happy Tails Pony Rides

    Inspirations Dance

    Let’s Bounce Rentals – Inflatables

    Let’s read Bus

    On the Road Axe Throw

    Petting Zoo

    Pickle Ball

    Race Car 4 U 2 Drive

    Reptile Bliss – Lizard Petting Zoo

    Pumpkintown Countdown








    The Dexter Thomas Band - Sounds of Summer - Athens, TN

    Finish off the day with the

    Sounds of Summer Finale

    Featuring: The Dexter Thomas Band

    Pumpkintown Festival Plinko - Athens, TN

    Festival Schedule

    Pumpkintown Entertainment - Athens, TN

    Friday, October 7 | Setup and Vendor Check-in


    Friday, October 7

    4 PM  Streets Closed


    Friday, October 7

    5-8 PM  Vendor Check-In
    Market Park Pavilion

    Saturday, October 8 | Pumpkintown Festival Events

    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    Market Park

    Pumpkintown PowWow in Memory of Scott Crisp


    The beat of a native drum and the notes of a flute will lead you down to Market Park where you will experience tribal dances, Native American crafts, and the famous Potato Dance!

    Scott Crisp Memorial - Friendly City Festivals - Pumpkintown - Downtown Athens, TN

    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    (See Adopt-a-thon schedule for specific times and locations.)

    Mutt Strutt Doggie Costume Contest - Pumpkintown Athens, TN Friendly City Festivals

    McMinn Regional Humane Society Adopt-a-Thon activities

    10:00 – Registration begins for Doggie Costume Contest
    Market Park 
    10:30 – The infamous Mutt Strutt!
    Market Park
    11:00 – Judging of Doggie Costume Contest
    12:00 – Contest Winners Announced
    Market Park
    10 a.m. – 4 p.m. – Adopt-a-Thon
    Dogs/Puppies – Market Park
    Cats/Kittens and Paw Print Art – Fullers Frame Shop

    10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    McMinn County Living Heritage Museum

    35th Annual Quilt Show

    The McMinn County Living Heritage Museum’s celebrates its 40-year anniversary with the opening of the 35th Annual Quilt Show entitled “Celebrating 40 Years of History.” This award-winning show will feature more than 100 quilts in a variety of categories. Admission is free during Pumpkintown!

    More information: (423) 745-0329   www.livingheritagemuseum.org

    McMinn County Living Heritage Museum Annual Quilt Show

    Oct 7, 10am – 2pm

    McMinn County Airport

    Oct 8, 9:30 am

    Veterans Memorial Park

    Veterans Park - Athens TN

    USS Charles R. Ware Memorial at Veterans Park

    The crew of the USS Charles R. Ware will be returning to Athens for the 20th anniversary of the dedication of the Charles R. Ware Memorial at Veterans Park from October 5-9, 2022.
    On Friday the 7th, one of the few remaining Dauntless Dive Bombers will be at the McMinn County Airport for viewing by the crew and public from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The Dauntless was the plane Lt. Ware – a native of Athens – was flying at the battle of Midway.
    On Saturday the 8th beginning at 9:30 a.m., there will be a 20th-anniversary brick ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park. The crew of the USS Charles R. Ware will be in attendance as they were 20 years ago on June 8th.
    Athens Parks and Recreation Department will place 65 new bricks in the veterans’ walk. The new total of 4,214 bricks makes this one of the largest veterans walks in the United States.

    11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

    North Jackson Street

    Pumpkin Plinko

     On South Jackson Street, one of the largest Plinko games in the world is set up by the Athens Parks and Recreation Department, where young and old alike roll balls down the street through a maze of pumpkins. The object is to score a perfect 30 to win a big prize! A perfect 30 takes a lot of pumpkin luck – come try yours out!

    City of Athens Parks and Recreation Youth Council
    (423) 744-2700

    Pumpkin Plinko - Friendly City Festivals - Pumpkintown - Downtown Athens, TN

    11:00 a.m.

    Corner of N. Jackson & Washington

    Historical Walking Tour - Friendly City Festivals - Downtown Athens, TN

    Historical Walking Tour

    History buffs and laypersons alike don’t want to miss the popular downtown historical walking tour. Led by The History Honchos – County Mayor John Gentry, Sheriff Joe Guy, and Paul Willson – take a trip back into time through an informative and entertaining journey of Athens the way it was. Highlights include African American business locations, TWU Campus, and The Battle of Athens, little-known facts. You can meet up with “The Honchos” at 11:00 a.m. at the corner of Washington and Jackson Streets.

    Pumpkin Painting

    Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
    ocation: Pocket Park/North Jackson Street

    Be sure to stop by The Arts Center to check out the new construction going on and get your creative juices flowing with pumpkin painting from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or as long as supplies last. Inside The Arts Center is an exhibition entitled “Reminiscence: A Selection of Works by Ethel Stone Carroll” and entries from third through eight graders in AACA’s Billboard Art Contest. Visual arts exhibits at The Arts Center are always free to the public.

    The Arts Center   (423) 745-8781    www.athensartscenter.org

    Tennessee Wesleyan University Homecoming

    Time: See Website for details
    ocation: TWU Campus

    Tennessee Wesleyan University will host hundreds on its campus for Homecoming 2022. Check out www.tnwesleyan.edu for a full schedule of activities happening Pumpkintown weekend.

    12th Annual Run for the Child 5k & Awareness Walk

    CASA Corridor of East Tennessee will hold its 12th annual Run for the Child 5K and Awareness Walk. For more information, visit their website: www.casacorridor.org/2022-run-for-the-child or call 423-746-9037.