Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival Brings Halloween Spirits

7 years 5 days 15 hours ago Sunday, October 14 2012 Oct 14, 2012 Sunday, October 14, 2012 8:17:00 PM CDT October 14, 2012 in News
By: Lauren Sanguinet

HARTSBURG - The annual pumpkin festival wrapped up Sunday but is only the start of Halloween season. Hartsburg hosted its 11th festival and thousands came to celebrate.

Although Hartsburg is a small town of roughly 103 people, travelers came from all over the state and some even came from out of state to join in on the fun. Festivities started early Saturday morning with a parade and continued all day Sunday. Vendors packed up around 5 p.m. Sunday night after a successful turn out. 

The tradition started in 1991 when eight local residents came up with the idea. Since then it has come a long way. The event features Halloween decorations, face painting, music, a corn maze and of course a pumpkin patch. Frank Dick has been selling corn dogs with his family at the festival for roughly 8 years. This year was no different as the Dick family posted up with their big white truck at their usual spot.

"We always joke around and have a good time. It's like a big party every year," he said. The Sedalia resident said they go to various festivals and state fairs throughout the year starting in April. The Hartsburg event is their last stop of the season. He said it is a great atmosphere that really brings a sense of togetherness to the small town.

"I think it makes small communities get that much closer together. It means a lot. I enjoy it," Dick said. 

To see the vendor list and read more about the festivals history click here. 

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