Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival concludes after a busy weekend

6 months 1 week 2 days ago Sunday, October 15 2017 Oct 15, 2017 Sunday, October 15, 2017 4:17:00 PM CDT October 15, 2017 in Continuous News
By: Zara McDowell, KOMU 8 Reporter

HARTSBURG - The annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival ended Sunday, but the two day event was filled with various food options, vendor shopping and pumpkin picking. 

The small town of Hartsburg has a population of 105, but had approximately 50-thousand visitors this weekend.

For festival-goers, getting in-and-out of the festival was the toughest part. Some spent over an hour just getting to the parking lot, which after Saturday's rain was filled with mud. 

KOMU spoke with festival committee members Thursday who said there's not much they can do about the traffic. 

Hartsburg Festival Committee Member Jeri Cooper said, "It's not anything that we can fix being that we're a small town and we only have certain ways in and certain ways out." Cooper said. "We don't have much options of that, so we recommend coming early, enjoying the festival and leaving late." 

Upon arriving to Hartsburg, Angela Hirsch said it took her and her family "about an hour" to get into the festival.

"We're here because we wanted to come get some pumpkins for the fall season," Hirsch said. "It's a nice festival and it's nice to have something so close that's also very localized and the local vendors and all of that."

The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival featured corn and hay mazes, food vendors, shopping, live music and pumpkin picking.

"We got some fall corn and a couple of pumpkins and some gourds to help dress up the house a little bit for the season," Hirsch said.

Audrey Nichols a Fulton resident, attended the festival and said her favorite part was, "the atmosphere. It really makes fall come together, I love everything, all the places, it just has a little bit of everything, selling wise and the food's great."

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