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Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival to take place Sept. 23-Oct. 29

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Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival to take place Sept. 23-Oct. 29

Sunday, September 24, 2023

The Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival announces dates for the 3rd and final year of the Fall festival, taking place over six weekends from Sept. 23 to Oct. 29, with an official grand opening the weekend of Sept. 23 - 24. The event will be held at the Dr. Pound Historical Farmstead (located at 419 Founders Park Rd. Dripping Springs). The festival will be open for six weekends in the fall, each Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“It became the festival’s mission to fundraise for the Pound House’s restoration after learning that the museum had been shuttered for three years due to weather damage and mold,” said Christopher Durst, Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival co-founder and producer. “The history of the Dr. Pound Farmstead is incredibly fascinating and captivating, which is why we have become such protectors and stewards of the property. Through the festival’s fundraising efforts, we have been able to collectively donate nearly $300,000 in monetary contributions, goods and services to the Pound House and our local community. I’m happy to announce that the Friends of the Pound House Foundation recently completed restoration of the Pound House and they are preparing to reopen the museum just in time for the Dripping Springs Pumpkin Festival’s final season.”

Sponsors for this year’s festival will be Texas Dance Supply, Juice Consulting, Fitzhugh Brewing and The Art Garage. The family celebration will feature over 50 fall-inspired games, activities and attractions spanning four areas. There will be headlining performances by Henry Invisible and other live music artists to be announced, an incredible selection of seasonal foods and beverages for children and adults alike, attractions for all ages such as fowl play bingo, armadillo races, camel rides and a hay maze in Swing Village. The festival will also feature a shopping experience with family- friendly products and goods from local Central Texas vendors, a drinkery hosted by Solaro Estate Winery and Fitzhugh Brewing, and a boutique cafe by Afuga Coffee in the Courtyard Marketplace.

Festival-goers can also take part in a variety of games in Kids’ Village including Barnyard Volley, Dueling Outlaws, Hen House Scramble, Kids Axe Throwing, Patch Pong, Pioneer Bowling and the Rooster Run as well as additional activities such as life-sized 3D Impression art, LED seesaws, bouncy bull riding, lassoing, chalk graffiti, mount haymore and a corn pit. The Pumpkin Patch will showcase over 30 unique and colorful species of gourds, the Littles Pickin’ Patch, Lost Souls Cemetery, Dee Jay Bones and an abundance of fall-inspired photo opportunities.

Other attractions and activities ranging from a minimum of $3 - $15 include face painting, balloon art, caricature art, henna, tie-dyeing, pumpkin painting, barrel rides, pony and camel rides, an exotic petting zoo and parakeet encounter.

Festival attendees can sample seasonal food and beverages from 17 local vendors including Afuga Coffee, Cilantro Tacos, Connor’s Creamery, Downtown Burgers, Downtown Hot Dogs, El Mariachi Tacos, Fitzhugh Brewing, Grilled Street Corn, I Panini Sandwiches, Italian Gelato, K.O. BBQ, Pecos Pete’s Teas, Pop It Like It’s Hot, Smoked Turkey Legs, Solaro Estate Winery, Wetzel’s Pretzels and a special food truck just for kids. Picnicking is greatly encouraged.

Tickets are $15 and admission is free for children three and under as well as seniors (65+). Parking for the event is also free of charge. Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase here and walk-up tickets are limited.

San Marcos Record

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