Annual festival in full swing

BARNESVILLE — The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is in full swing with giant pumpkins on display, various local vendors and rides.

Various local vendors selling a variety of food, crafts and gifts are located throughout the festival.

The Pumpkin Wagon, operated by the Barnesville Area Chamber of Commerce serves pumpkin-based foods including pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin doughnuts and pumpkin pies. Emerald Pointe will be providing free ice cream for seniors from 2-5 p.m. Saturday at The Pumpkin Wagon.

The Barnesville Rotary Club also has a food truck set up and is selling sandwiches from Coleman’s Fish Market. Proceeds will support community projects.

Along with the various food vendors set up on the main festival grounds on Main Street and Broadway Street, food vendors are also set up at the Barnesville Depot and along many side streets surrounding the festival.

Vendors are also set up in the Barnesville Elementary Schools gymnasium and cafeteria.

Shekinah Church will be selling homemade meals of noodles, mashed potatoes and gravy, a choice of chicken or beef, meatballs, dinner rolls, cider, soda and fry pies from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. all weekend at the church. Money raised will support a children’s home in Africa.

Assumption Catholic Church will also sell lunches from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. all weekend. Parking will be available at the church for $5.

First Presbyterian Church will be serving homemade soups and sandwiches as well.

The Senior Citizen’s Center in Barnesville will be serving Amish noodles and mashed potatoes and gravy.

Along with outdoor vendors along the festival area, several organizations including the Barnesville Elks Lodge are allowing vendors to set up in their buildings. Buildings currently owned by the village also are housing vendors including the Bohandy Building.

Watt Center for History and the Arts is having its annual used book sale during the festival. The center will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Sunday will be “bag day” meaning that customers can fill up a bag with books for only $1. The Watt Center is located at 511 Watt Ave. in Barnesville.

The Belmont County Victorian Mansion Museum will be having a yard sale from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. All items have been donated to the museum. The organization is also having a 50/50 raffle.

Along with vendors, the festival also features amusement rides by Kissel Amusements. The rides will open at 11 a.m. Saturday and stay open throughout the day. The rides will also be open from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth located at the corner of Main Street and Broadway Street near the pumpkin tree.

The Pumpkin Festival brings in around 100,000 people during the event, which runs through Sunday in downtown Barnesville.

For more information and to see a schedule for the remaining events, visit barnesvillepumpkinfestival.com or the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Facebook page.


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