2016 is the 55th Annual Pumpkin Festival in downtown Sycamore. What started out as an idea by Wally Thurow in 1956 to offer something creative for the students of Sycamore, has grown from a neighborhood display on his front yard into the towns biggest city wide event beginning this Wednesday, October 26th with the Opening Ceremony and cake cutting. Kick-off Pumpkin Festival in Sycamore during the downtown Trick-or-Treating event on Wednesday. Downtown businesses will hand out tasty treats from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Then make your way to the courthouse lawn for the giant cake cutting!
Pumpkin Festival goes for five whole days and ends on Sunday, October 30, 2016. The festival has over 1000 entries in the Lions Decorated Pumpkin Display, 2 carnivals, 2 large indoor craft shows, many non-profit vendors, fireworks on Saturday night, and it concludes with a spectacular, historically long parade on Sunday.
Fireworks for the 55th Annual Pumpkin Festival are sponsored by the Sycamore Park District and the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival Committee. They will be held at the Sycamore Park on Airport Road, Saturday October 29th at 7:30p.m.
Saturday entertainment for Oct. 29, 2016 will be Potts & Pans Community Steel Band performing from 2:00-3:00 pm and Flat 43 BMX performing from 3:00-4:00pm at the corner of Somonauk and State. The performances are free, so come on down and watch a great steel band, followed by some amazing bike stunts! The Saturday Marquee Events are sponsored by KishHealth Systems, UPSTAGING, and First Midwest Bank.
Thousands of pumpkins, all painted or carved for judging, decorate the courthouse lawn, and food vendors dish up pumpkin pie, caramel apples and other fall favorites all week long. Also in this pumpkin patch: two arts-and-crafts shows, carnival rides, a historic house walk, 10K Pumpkin Run road race and the giant 2 ½-hour-long parade, starting at 1:00 on Sunday. Visit the Sycamore Pumpkin Festival website to learn more.