Pumpkin Fest Activities & Entertainment

Highlights of the 2018 Festival:

  • Festival Kid ZoneGames, Rides and Activities such as Pumpkin Bowling (Free), Pumpkin Painting ($1 per pumpkin) and even Pumpkin Smashing ($1 per pumpkin)
  • Over 60 Art and Craft Exhibitors
  • A Variety of Tantalizing Food Booths
  • Main Stage Entertainment
  • Pumpkin Fest 5K and Fun Run/Walk  – Run for a Reason…Salute our Veterans!
  • Cornhole Tournament
  • Classic Car Cruise-In
  • Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
  • Taste of North Carolina Craft Beer Garden

Live Entertainment
At this fun-filled annual community event, there will be three stages hosting a variety of music and entertainment hosted by WAME Real Country 92.9 & 550. Numerous other performances will happen throughout the day on different stages around the festival including demonstrations of dance, gymnastics, martial arts and acoustic performances on the Acoustic Stage, hosted by WSIC 100.7 FM, 1400 AM & 21-2 TV.

Pumpkin Fest 5K and Fun Run/Walk  – Run for a Reason…Salute our Veterans!
Fifth Street Ministries is hosting the 5K Road Race and one-mile Fun Run/Walk to kick off the 2017 Statesville Pumpkin Fest on November 3, 2018! All proceeds will support of Diakonos Veterans Transitional Housing Program. Registration and packet pick-up is from 7 am-8 am. The 5K starts at 8:30 am and the Fun Run/Walk starts at 9 am. The Awards Ceremony will take place at 10 am. The 5K will be “chip” timed and awards given for 1st, 2nd, 3rd place in each age group by 5 year increments, as well as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd overall. Both events start and finish at Mitchell Community College’s Main Campus Parking lot accessible from West End Avenue. Registration fee for the Fun Run is $10 and the 5K is $25 until October 1st and $30 after that date. Register by October 23, 2018 for a free t-shirt! If you are not interested in running the 5K but would like to support the Veterans house sign up as a ghost runner and receive a race shirt. Online registration is available at For additional information, contact Fifth Street Ministries at 704-872-4045 or email

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Pumpkin Fest Cornhole Classic Tournament 

The Statesville Pumpkin Fest Cornhole Classic Tournament will take place during the festival on Saturday, November 3, 2018 in Downtown Statesville. The entry fee is $50 per two-man team with participation limited to the first 32 teams. It is a double elimination tournament and cash prizes will be awarded to the top four teams. Rules and regulations will be posted at the tournament site which is located near West Broad Street within the boundaries of the festival. Warm-up starts at 11:30 am and tournament begins at 12:30 pm. For more information or to register your team, call 704-878-3436 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, email: or click here to register and pay online. Registration fee must be paid by Friday, November 2, 2018.

Kids Zone
Children of all ages can enjoy slides, obstacle courses, moon bounce and other rides. All day wristbands or individual tickets for the Kids Zone will be available for purchase at the festival.

Pumpkin Related Contests
Pumpkin related contests and activities such as pumpkin bowling, pumpkin painting and even pumpkin smashing.

Pumpkin Fest Classic Car Cruise-In
Come join us as CLASSIC CARS are returned to beautiful Historic Downtown Statesville as part of the 15th Annual Statesville Pumpkin Fest.  That’s right – Court Street will transform into a large parking lot of classic cars (1992 and older) during the 2017 Statesville Pumpkin Fest. All cars will stage on S. Meeting Street beginning at 9:30 a.m. From 9:30-10:30 a.m. cars will start moving onto Court Street until the street is full. All cars must enter from the intersection of Front Street and Meeting Street. Pumpkin Fest attracts thousands of spectators each year and we want everyone to arrive safe and leave safe. Hope to see you there! For More Information about the Cruise-In, contact Chuck Goode at 704-929-8150 (between the hours of 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.)

A Variety of Tantalizing Food Booths
Enjoy foods such as BBQ, Buffalo Wings, Polish Sausage, Gyros, Steak & Cheese, Hot Dogs, Pizza, Curly Fries, Funnel Cakes, Fried Apple Pies and more!

Over 60 Vendors
Shop a wide variety of arts and crafts booths all day long.