Town of Abingdon prepares for 'Squashtober Fest'

ABINGDON, Va. - The Abingdon Farmers Market will hold its annual Squashtober Fest on Saturday, October 19 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

A pumpkin weighing contest will take place, where Mayor Ed Morgan will announce the winner. He will be delivering the cash prize ($1 per pound, up to 1,000 pounds) for the heaviest pumpkin at the festival. The winners will be announced at 11 a.m.

Those who don't feel their pumpkins would win the weight contest can also compete in two other categories: Prettiest Pumpkin or Most Unique Pumpkin. The prizes will be $100 each for the Prettiest & Unique.

On the lawn during the festival there will be local food demos, children's activities and pumpkin painting. The event is free to attend and open to all ages.

"Holding a fall festival such as this one helps to showcase what growers in this region are able to produce," said Nicole Dyer, Abingdon Farmers Market Manager. "There are talented, experienced folks in this area- contests like this one are great opportunities for them to shine. It will be a day filled with fall smells, sights and tastes." 

Participants for the pumpkin weighing contest can enter by contacting Nicole Dyer at (276)-698-1434 or email

You can also visit the market website at or follow them on Facebook:  Abingdon Farmers Market.

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