Thousands of people will flock to Hartsburg Missouri this weekend

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HARTSBURG - Thirty to 60 thousand people will travel to Hartsburg this weekend for the annual Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival.

The festival has been a mid-Missouri tradition since 1991. Pumpkin Festival planning committee member Heather Milliner said the thing that keeps people coming back year after year is the family tradition.

"My husband asked [my son] what's the pumpkin festival and he said it's where you go to Hartsburg and live all weekend," Milliner said. "He was three at the time."

This year the festival will include, a Cub Scout water balloon toss, corn maze, hay maze, and new vendors.

"We have lots of new vendors this year, many of them." Milliner said. "We have lots of new craft booths, we have a lot more new jewelry places this year."

There will be 220 vendors total making their way to Hartsburg this weekend. The vendors, along with thousands of people expected to attend the festival will cause an influx in Hartsburg where the population is around 105 people. Milliner said this event benefits the town.

"It does a lot for us," Milliner said. "It puts us on the map, that's for sure, it's really good for our community."

Milliner said the festival will kick off tomorrow with a parade at 9 a.m. The free festival will take place tomorrow and Sunday rain or shine. Each day it starts at 9 a.m. and goes until about 5 p.m.