Pumpkin Festival Breaks Records

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HARTSBURG — The 25th annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival continued Sunday.

More people than ever flocked to the small town that normally holds just over one hundred residents.

Hartsburg's Pumpkin Festival has been called "the little mouse that roars." The festival operates on a small budget yet boasts thousands of visitors.

This year the festival broke its attendance record set back in 2005. More than 65,000 people flooded into the small town to enjoy the Missouri fall weather.

Planning for the pumpkin festival takes place months in advance. Committee member Jamie Martin said this year, things went very smoothly. "It takes a lot of work, we have to get all the vendors in line and make sure that all of the residents in the town are okay with everything. The vendors use their electricity and are often set up in their front yards," Martin said.

"It’s wonderful that this town opens up its doors and brings in this many people to this small town and can't have enough pumpkins," Laura Scott, Public Relations officer, said.

The pumpkin festival committee attributed much of its success this year to its first annual cutest “punkin” contest, which had over 77 participants.