Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival: Small town festival brings in big time crowds

The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival is expecting thousands of visitors this weekend.

The small town of Hartsburg Missouri will host one of the largest and most well-known fall festivals in the state this weekend. Hartsburg's population is just 106 people, but each year, more than forty-thousand people fill the streets of the small town.

The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival began in 1991 as a celebration of the pumpkin and the promotion for the village of Hartsburg. In those days, Hartsburg was known as “The Garden Spot of Boone County.”

Self-claimed “Missouri’s Pumpkin Patch,” Hartsburg will be filled with outstanding arts and crafts, musical entertainment, Halloween decorations and tens of thousands of pumpkins. In true Halloween spirit, the festival features pumpkin carving, pumpkin pie eating competitions, hayrides in the pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, apple butter making and a straw maze.

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