Pony Express National Museum's PumpkinFest will light up an October weekend

Pony Express National Museum News Release

Contact: Cindy Daffron
(816) 279-5059
Pony Express Museum, 914 Penn Street, St. Joseph, MO 64503

A "mountain" of hand-carved pumpkins will light up the Pony Express National Museum at PumpkinFest

The 21st annual, 2017 PumpkinFest, a family focused festival sponsored by the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, MO, opens at 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 13, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 15, at 5 p.m. The highlight of the celebration takes place at 8 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 13, when more than 800 hand-carved pumpkins will be electrically lit on “Pumpkin Mountain” in front of the museum. A special lighting will also occur at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.

Almost continuous entertainment for adults and children taking place both on stage and on the grounds of Patee Park across from the museum during the 3-day family event. Food will also be available in the park. Children’s activities include crafts and games, wandering magician, balloon man, storytelling, and much more.

Come see Under the Big Oak Tree on Friday evening, Knobtown Skiffle Band on Saturday evening and Steve Fuller Dixie Union Band, the Hontz Family and Stephanie Gummelt on Sunday afternoon. Back by popular demand is The Baker Family (listen as the children play bluegrass and country music).

New entertainment will be Dino O’dell, Casey’s Creatures and Stan Rippey with Pony Express stories. Come celebrate 21 years with Pumpkinfest as they offer free admission to the Children’s Tent provided by special sponsors. Don’t forget our craft & food vendors in Patee Park! Special appearance by Kevin Rowe (country gospel singer) Saturday evening 7-7:45 p.m., at the
Pumpkin Mountain prior to the second lighting of Great Pumpkin Mountain. Sunday morning 9:30-10 a.m. will be Cowboy Church. Come join in the fun! Once again, we will have the Diaper/Courtesy Station that is sponsored by Patee Park Baptist Church. Families can enjoy the carnival rides (arm bands available at specific times), pony rides and a petting zoo. Families and children are invited to participate in the Costume Parade on Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

Registration starts at 10 a.m. at Patee Hall, 9th and Olive. At 11:45 a.m., by Pumpkin Mountain, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes for each age group. There is a grand prize that is being donated by Hy-Vee of St. Joseph, the parade sponsor.

Festivities: Friday, October 13, 5-10 p.m.; Saturday, October 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; and Sunday, October 15, noon-5 p.m.

Log on to our website at www.ponyexpress.org for a complete 2017 schedule of the 21st Annual PumpkinFest.

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