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Pumpkin Festival revives with new emphasis on Mountain City's downtown

By: Paula Walter
Assistant Editor

Fall is just around the corner and the town is gearing up for the Mountain City Pumpkin Festival again after a few years’ absence. It is to be held Saturday, October 10, from 9:00am to 7:00 pm to coincidence with a local favorite, the Scarecrows on Main display.
Amanda Musselwhite is one of the coordinators of this year’s pumpkin festival. “This is not a craft event. The community and downtown is the focus,” she said. “Our goal is to have a community event that raises awareness of downtown. We’re trying to revitalize downtown.” Although it is scheduled for the same day as the Cranberry Festival in Shady Valley, Musselwhite sees the benefit in holding both events on the same day. “They can pull from each other,” she said. “It’s offering an opportunity to attend both festivals.”
Musselwhite is the owner of Simple Blessings and she currently has 21 vendors who sell in her store who will be among local talent who will participate in the Mountain City Pumpkin Festival.
Her store, along with other local stores and restaurants, will be open to encourage shopping and dining in the town. “Everyone has banned together,” said Musselwhite. “All of our stores encompass the talent of the community.”
According to Musselwhite, the committee is looking for food vendors, direct sales, such as Mary Kay or Avon, non-profit organizations and crafters of all types. “It’s a great opportunity to fundraise,” she added. “I want to bring in artisans from surrounding areas.”
According to Musselwhite, there will be an activity at each booth. As of press time, there were over 20 crafters signed up, and Christy’s Dance will be entertaining the crowds.

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