Watch pumpkins weigh in at record sizes at the Republic Pumpkin Daze. This year, for the first time, the fun is expanding to a two day festival.
September 30–October 1
Must-Do Activity: Tractor pull
Must-Try Snack: Pumpkin pancakes
Must-See Entertainment: Pie eating contest
Admission is free
You've never seen pumpkins like these before. With pumpkins weighing in at over 600 pounds the Republic Pumpkin Daze Festival holds competitions for the largest pumpkins. You can participate in other categories like largest watermelons, tomatoes and sunflowers.
Even if you don’t participate in the competition, you can watch the produce weigh in. It’s not just the pumpkins that are big. This year’s event is a celebration of the City of Republic’s 150th anniversary and Pumpkin Daze’s 30th festival celebration. Usually held on Main Street, this year it takes place at J.R. Martin Park, allowing more space for entertainment and up to 350 booths for vendors.
There's something for everyone at this festival including more hands-on activities. Bring lawn chairs to sit and listen to performances by Geezer, Mark Chapman Band and Isaac Kenneth. Grab your friends and family to enjoy tasty treats in the concessions area for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Dive into kettle corn, ice cream, pig on a stick, barbecue by Smokin’ Wheels, corn dogs and tons of festival food.
Let your pets strut their stuff at the pet parade. “We have had dogs dressed up as everything you can imagine,” says Cheri Hamilton, President of the Pumpkin Daze Committee. The parade is not limited to just dogs, though; enjoy seeing a wide variety of chickens, cows, ducks and more animals dressed up too.
The Republic Pumpkin Daze also offers a kids zone section full of activities to keep the kids entertained, including a playground, laser tag, human hamster balls and inflatables. Finally, don't miss competing in the pedal tractor pull, offered in both youth and adult categories.