Craft Days and Pumpkin Nights at the Silver Dollar City Harvest Festival

By day, dozens of specialty artisans work their magic on everything from jewelry to apple butter, and by night, glowing pumpkins and larger-than-life carvings take over during the annual Silver Dollar City Festival and the celebration of pumpkins in the city.

This year, the festival runs from September 21 to October 29.

During the day, artisan demonstrators share their talents while live music comes from the outdoor stages. The cowboy tradition is brought to life by legendary chuckwagon leaders and western adventure storytellers.

New this year, the Chuckwagon Cook Off takes place at Cowboy Camp, with each chef competing in preparing a traditional cowboy dish, tested by the public. Guests choose King Chuckwagon with a spectacle of whoops and howls.

Returning this season, the famous watercolor artist Buck Taylor, known since his youth in the television series “Gunsmoke” and now seen in the series “Yellowstone”.

In the streets and courtyards there are dozens of other artisans on display as well as several world famous pumpkin carvers.

The Makers’ Market is home to some of the most intricate creations, such as handcrafted jewelry, quilts, appliques and woven rugs.

At night, the glow of illuminated pumpkins joins nearly 15,000 real and artificial pumpkins on display throughout the park.

In addition to pumpkin piles and mounds and carved and illuminated pumpkins, there are a number of “iconic” themed images, including a large spider, an owl, a “welcoming pumpkin” over two stories tall, and “Lucky the Dog” sitting atop a toy store near the park’s Rivertown entrance.

There is also a “garden of giants”, a collection of massive half-ton pumpkins grown especially for the park.

Another highlight is the children’s dance party at the “Pumpkin Plaza”, located next to the Great Exhibition area.

Pumpkins in the City started four years ago and provided an immediate response.

“We set out to create an event that would extend our daytime hours into a family-friendly nighttime event,” Brad Thomas, president of Silver Dollar City Attractions, previously said.

“We wanted that G-ranking,” he said. “We wanted a three-year-old to have fun and not be scared. We created a style guide that contained do’s and don’ts. We didn’t want fangs, we didn’t want anything bloody, we didn’t want anything scary.

He said that in the first year, attendance at the park in October increased by 100,000 people.

“Silver Dollar City can get busy in the summer and can get busy on the weekends over Christmas, but having that kind of attendance in October is just a record,” Thomas said at the time.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s really no way to compare the next two years.

New this year for Pumpkins in the City is a half-million dollar expansion featuring “Foggy Hollow.”

It is described as a “magical canopy of beautiful lighting, enhanced by a misty glow” where attendees “will be immersed in spectacular cascading lights all around and lights above”, with music adding to the excitement. experience.

The festival also gives people the opportunity to experience the park’s many roller coasters and other attractions at night.

In addition to crafts, rides, and pumpkin patch, the park is best known for its food, and the Harvest Festival is no exception.

There will be a variety of seasonal offerings, pumpkins will feature prominently in many of them.

“It really is a neutral squash,” said Kandice Vest, food supervisor at Silver Dollar City. “Butternut squash and pumpkin are very similar. Let’s try to get people back to finding foods that are fun to eat and try to find out what’s actually in them.

Some of this year’s offerings include Pumpkin Spicy Ribs, Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream and Pumpkin Cone, Pumpkin Squash Bisque, Pumpkin Chili, Cheesecake Cone with pumpkin and the pork sandwich and the pumpkin barbecue sauce.

The Tasting Passport, a ticket valid for several samples in the park’s restaurants, will once again be back to allow visitors to broaden their culinary horizons.

And when it ends on October 29, in a few days, the park will be transformed for the Christmas season, which begins

Once the harvest festival is over, the park will once again transform for the Christmas season, which begins on November 5 and ends on December 30.

“An Old Time Christmas” has been rated the number one top theme park holiday event by USA Today for the past five years.

For more information, visit www.silverdollarcity.com.