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By Barbara Anderson/The Hesperian-Beacon—
FLOYDADA – Punkin’ Days, Floydada’s annual pumpkin harvest celebration, is set to kick-off this Friday, Oct. 9, with the check-in, set-up, preparation and “start your BBQ!” shout.
The teams will be set up behind the EDC/Chamber of Commerce office. Registration is open until check-in at 5 p.m. Friday. If you are a chili connoisseur, that contest gets started at 7 a.m. Saturday. Applications and rules can be found at www.floydadachamber.com/punkindays
On Saturday, Oct. 10, Punkin’ Days activities really get revved up.
The Floydada Lions Club will have its Pancake Breakfast once again this year. Their tents will be set up on the city square, open to all craving those syrupy pancakes. The Lions have made this activity a must-come event, feeding vendors, visitors and residents for many years. The Lions Club is active in supporting needs within the community and relies on the community’s support to continue the work. The Pancake Breakfast tickets are $6 (under 6 years free with an adult) and can be bought on site. The Lions will be serving up pancakes from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. or until the pancakes run out.
At 9 a.m. registration will be held for the Corn-Hole tournament that will begin at 10 a.m. on the courthouse lawn.
As in years past, the Chamber booth and courthouse lawn will be the site for all the pumpkin games: Tic-Tac-Toe, wheel barrel racing, punkin’ toss, and punkin’ bowling contests are just a few of the games that will be offered. These activities will begin at 10 a.m.
The Crossview Camp’s Cake Walk will be held on the northeast side of the courthouse and will begin at 10 a.m.
The arts, crafts and food vendors will begin arriving before sun-up Saturday with some showing up Friday evening to ensure they can get their trailers squeezed into their designated spots.
Several of the food vendors are ‘repeat visitors’ and will be here again this year, according to Kortney DeBock, Chamber Manager. Corndogs, funnel cakes, pizza, BBQ, lemonade – whatever one would want in festival food will be ready and served all day long.
Some of the premiere artists in this area attend this event, making their wares available for purchase. Whether it’s home décor, jewelry, soaps, clothing or toys, those needs will be met at the vendor booths.
And what would a harvest festival be without our local non-profit groups– those will be many, offering food, raffles, cake walks and games to all who attend the city’s celebration.
The Classic Car Show registration will begin at 9 a.m. at the building on Wall and California Street. Visitors need to be sure to take some time viewing these classic masterpieces while meandering around the courthouse square. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m. under the pavilion. All proceeds from the car show will be donated to the Floydada Fire Department. Probasco Flying Services is this year’s Car Show sponsor.
Of course there will be pumpkins. For those interested in bidding, there will be plenty of opportunities. Assiter Punkin Ranch and Pumpkin Pyle have donated some of their Big Maxx Pumpkins for the annual Pumpkin Auction, scheduled for 2:45 p.m.
For those who simply love pumpkin pie, the Punkin’ Pie Eating Contest is scheduled to begin at 2:30. A $50 prize will be given to the individual who can cram their pie, whipped cream, crust, everything–into their mouth…and then swallow it all down before anyone else. Whether eating or cheering, this is an event full of fun.
While contestants are gulping their pies, registration for the annual Pumpkin Pyle’s All-Age Costume Contest will get started. Registration will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the judging event that will take place at 2 p.m. Both the pie-eating contest and the costume contest will take place under the Courthouse Pavilion.
Don’t forget about other notable pavilion events like the all-ages bingo with a grand CASH prize awarded after every game at 12 p.m. as well as the adorable Doggy Dance Show at 1 p.m.
While all those activities are taking place, judges will be sampling and rating the BBQ and Chili cooking entries. Generally, those cooks will have some of their masterpieces available for taste-testing if you want to slip by those tents after the judges have taken their plates. Poole Well Service is the sponsor for this year’s BBQ event.
Of course, there will be Cow-Patty Bingo. Texas Tech Federal Credit Union has sponsored the iconic contest of cows and bingo squares. Buy those tickets from any Chamber Board member or at the Chamber of Commerce booth located in front of the Courthouse. Cow Patty Bingo will begin at 1 p.m.
The winners of the car show will be announced at 3 p.m. All other contest results will be gathered and announced under the pavilion at 3:30 p.m.
For the third consecutive year, the Floyd County Rodeo Association will host two open, jackpot Team Roping events at the rodeo arena, east of town. Together with sponsors, Covered S Farms and Assiter Ag-Risk, the Rodeo Association has organized the contest, cleaned up the rodeo grounds and are looking to have a great crowd of cowboys and spectators. That roping will begin at 4:30 p.m. For rules or entry into the roping call JP Hrbacek at 806-292-8081.
Punkin’ Days 2020 will culminate with a live concert and dance from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the rodeo arena. Just like the old days, the arena will come alive with music provided by the opener Tanner Lane. After warming up the crowd, Tanner will turn the stage over to Floydada’s own home-town musician, Jason Nutt & Highway 70. Jason plays boot-scootin’ tunes, ballads, and a host of early and contemporary selections that will delight any ‘live country music’ needs of the crowd.
Be sure and bring lawn chairs or pull in a vehicle in for an evening of music and entertainment. Admission to team-roping and dance is $5 per person or $8 per couple. Kids 12 and under are free.
Returning for another year to help seniors and disabled guests is the “Senior Citizen Park and Ride Service.” The Chamber is proud to be able to offer this service to those that need it to be able to enjoy the day with us. Anyone needing this service will simply park in the First Baptist Church parking lot on Wall Street and call 806-983-3434 and a ride will be provided. The Chamber will be providing this service all day long. The Chamber also wants to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has had a part in helping us be able to offer this to our attendees that day.
A festival like this cannot take place without the support of so many Floydada businesses and individuals. This year’s official event sponsor is First National Bank of Floydada.
There is everything pumpkin and something for the whole family to do at the annual Punkin’ Days festival Saturday, Oct. 10. A great day is planned and organizers look forward to seeing everyone downtown for a great day in Floydada, Texas- “Pumpkin Capital USA!”