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Pumpkintown Again Features Canine Activities

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Special events for man’s four-legged friends will be held during the 9th Annual Pumpkintown Festival in Downtown Athens, Tennessee, on Saturday, Oct. 13. Among them will be the annual Mutt Strut and Doggie Costume Contest along with the McMinn Regional Humane Society’s Adopt-a-Thon.

A parade through Pumpkintown, the Mutt Strut will kick off at 10:15 a.m. in front of Happy Hounds on Washington Avenue, with dogs and their owners lining up at 10.

“We’re doing it first thing in the morning so it will be cool outside,” said organizer Jessica O’Bringer, owner of Happy Hounds Pet Grooming. “Anybody can bring their dog for the Mutt Strut, whether they’re entering a contest or would just like to be in the parade.”

After circling the Courthouse Square, the Mutt Strut will return to Happy Hounds for the 10:45 a.m. Doggie Costume Contest. Winners will be announced at 11:30 a.m. While the Mutt Strut is free to enter, the costume contest has a $5 per dog entry fee, with all proceeds benefiting the McMinn Regional Humane Society. To enter, visit Happy Hounds at 203 Washington Avenue or call 507-8549. You can also visit www.pumpkintownfestival.com to print a form and learn more about the event and the festival.

The McMinn Regional Humane Society will be hosting an Adopt-a-Thon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of Happy Hounds during Pumpkintown. The Adopt-a-Thon booth will also have membership applications for the Humane Society, as well as a list of items people can donate to the shelter. For more information, visit www.mrhumane.org

A day-long celebration ensured to bring to life the rich cultural history and heritage of McMinn County and East Tennessee, the community-wide event is named for a former McMinn County village, Pumpkintown, that became part of Athens after its formation in 1822.

“Pumpkintown has enjoyed great success for eight years now, with thousands of visitors attending each year,” said Meredith Willson, chairwoman of the Pumpkintown steering committee. “We look forward to another exciting year for this event.”

Those who attend will be taken back in time to many different bygone eras in East Tennessee’s past. Blacksmiths, woodturners, basketmakers, potters, bonnet-makers, old-fashioned jewelry-makers, cornhusk doll-makers, and other craftspeople will demonstrate crafts from days of old. Antique tractors will also be featured in this year’s Pumpkintown festival.

Old favorites will also be returning, including the 4th Annual Pumpkin Carving Contest, 2nd Annual Pumpkin Pie Contest, and the “Mutt Strut” and “Doggie Costume Contest” at Happy Hounds on Washington Avenue. New this year will be pickleball and cornhole tournaments.

Quilt enthusiasts will also enjoy the 4th Annual Heritage Quilt Show, hosted again by the Heritage Quilt Guild, which will be held in conjunction with Pumpkintown at The Arts Center on White Street, across from the Jackson Street entrance to Tennessee Wesleyan College. The annual African American Quilt Show will be held in TWC’s Sherman Fine Arts Building.

Live music and entertainment will be held on multiple stages throughout the day during Pumpkintown, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

“And we’ll have plenty of food,” Willson added.

Sponsors are needed to ensure this year’s festival is another fun-filled success for the whole community. Anyone wishing to be a Pumpkintown sponsor can contact Cheryl Bressler at 453-7885. Vendors are being sought for the event, and anyone interested can contact Lizz Harris at 506-4467 or Meredith Willson at 887-3544. If you would like to be involved as a heritage crafter/demonstrator, contact Amy Blackburn at 745-0329.

To learn more about Pumpkintown, visit www.pumpkintownfestival.com.

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