FRANKLIN NC’S PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – FRANKLIN NC














FRANKLIN NC’S PUMPKIN FESTIVAL – FRANKLIN NC


Pumpkinfest 2010 


Franklin’s Pumpkinfest to Feature Miniature Horse Rides
Roxy Young ones attending Franklin’s Pumpkinfest have a new treat in store this year. Roxy, a miniature pintaloosa, will be offering rides and petting and feeding times beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23 in downtown Franklin.


Roxy enjoys young kids riding her or just petting and feeding her carrots, said owner Cindy McDaniel. She is five years old, has a very gentle disposition and just loves attention of any kind. There is a rider weight limit of 80 pounds.

Roxy’s hours for Pumpkinfest will be as a follow for rides:
10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
1:00 – 1:45 p.m.
Petting sessions will be held in between rides and after 1:45 p.m..

Mountain Marionettes Returns to Franklin’s Pumpkinfest
Mountain Marionettes The artistry of Master puppeteer Susan VandeWeghe will again take center stage this year at Franklin’s Pumpkinfest as Mountain Marionettes is back for an encore performance at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 23 in downtown Franklin.

VandeWeghe will take Pumpkinfest attendees back to the time of poodle skirts, bobby socks and saddle shoes with a production called “At the Hop”. The performance includes audience participation as well as some variety acts such as the amazing Greenpebble, a cool cat and a little purple puppy who twists the night away.

According to VandeWeghe, “I know that you will recognize all the music, even if you didn’t run home every afternoon to watch American Bandstand or be part of the Peanut Gallery.”

Mountain Marionettes is a full time professional puppet company specializing in the Art of the Marionette. Performed by master puppeteer Susan VandeWeghe, the production features short strung marionettes with the puppeteer in full view of the audience in a fast-paced variety format.

Ms. VandeWeghe designs, engineers and handcrafts each of her marionettes.

The InterACTive Theater of Jef to be Featured during Pumpkinfest 2010
Interactive Theater of Jef Festival goers to the 14th Annual Pumpkinfest in Franklin, NC are sure to be thoroughly entertained by this year’s featured performers including a roving performance by Jef Lambdin, better known as Jef the Mime.

As a mime, Jef has been around the proverbial barn. After apprenticing with mimes C.W. Metcalf and Tony Montanaro, Jef toured from 1976 to 1993 throughout the United States as a member TOUCH, North Carolina’s mime theater ensemble. Jef has also appeared in two UNC-TV special productions with the North Carolina Symphony: TOUCH Brings Music to Life, and Carnival of the Animals. He has also used his skills for other theater companies including performing as the plant, Audrey II in the Little Shop of Horrors in both Raleigh and Atlanta.

Traveling from his home in Lumberton, NC, Jef shares his wacky brand of interactive roving theater at many festivals throughout the southeast. According to Jef, “I weave through the crowd sharing my wacky brand of roving artistry which includes mime, juggling, mask work and variety arts. Festival goers, both young and old, become willing participants, interacting with me by creating faces for my masks, juggling with me, posing for photos with my masterpiece camera and even playing a game of human-sized ring toss with one another.”

Jef’s brand street performing is relaxed and approachable. It appeals to the imagination and playfulness inherent in all of us. It creates camaraderie amongst audience members, invites the comfortable participation of the onlookers, and will add a bit of old school street theater spice to Pumpkinfest. Jef is scheduled to perform from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. during Pumpkinfest.

Stilt Walker Takes Pumpkinfest Entertainment to New Heights
Stilt Walker Many new forms of entertainment are in store for the 14th Annual Pumpkinfest in Franklin, NC. This year one performer from Atlanta, Georgia will take entertainment to new heights for festival goers, Stilt Walker, Aaron Antonich.

Aaron got his start as a professional Entertainer in 2005 shortly after the Atlanta Jugglers Associations “Ground Hogs Day” festival and has been a full time entertainer ever since. Aaron Antonich has performed all over the Continental United States and Hawaii performing for such names as Coke, Pepsi, The High Museum of Art, Georgia State University, UGA, and the Georgia Aquarium.

“Aaron will literally bring a new level of entertainment to Pumpkinfest,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Director. “The Franklin Main Street Program is committed to keeping our events fresh and exciting and we know Aaron will delight the crowds during the event.” Aaron Antonich is scheduled to perform from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m

Aaron will join Jef the Street Mime roving the streets of Franklin, NC during Pumpkinfest adding a new dimension to the festival’s entertainment. “For the first time ever, we will be closing Main Street to through traffic for Pumpkinfest,” said Linda Schlott, Franklin Main Street Program Executive Director. “These two entertainers will most definitely add to the street festival feel of Pumpkinfest,” Schlott concluded.

For Information Call 828-524-2516
Sponsored by: Main Street Program, Town of Franklin, Franklin TDA, Franklin TDC


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