Check out these Orangetober Festival details; the party starts on October 7 – Orange Leader


Check out these Orangetober Festival details; the fun starts october 7th

Posted at 12:28 a.m. on Friday, August 26, 2022

Pumpkin spice and all that good…

The Orange Convention and Visitors Bureau (Explore Orange) is delighted to ring in the fall with more than just a ‘heap of hocus pocus’ with the second annual Orangetober Festival scheduled for October 7-9 at the Riverside Pavilion .

“This year, attendees can expect to see all of the activities from Year One, including Pumpkin Village, Gumbo Cookoff, Cornhole Tournament, Vendor’s Market, Pumpkin Pie Tasting Contest , food vendors and live entertainment,” says Hillary Gravett, social media coordinator for the City of Orange.

Fans of the Sanderson Sisters will be delighted to know that one of the additions to this year’s festival is a movie night, and what better film than the 1993 live-action cult film, Hocus Pocus?

Organizers say there’s also a Saturday morning 5k, plus additional photo opportunities for families and groups of friends that are sure to be worth a social media post or two.

“Admission to the Orangetober Festival is FREE and we hope to see everyone enjoying the food vendors, activities and everything the festival has to offer,” says Gravett.

The festival kicks off at 4 p.m. on Friday, October 7 with tours of the Pumpkin Village, which features over 10,000 pumpkins and gourds, plus kids’ activities, food, craft beer, and then it’s time to settle in for “Hocus Pocus” which will begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Saturdays, you can work those muscles with the Big Pumpkin Run hosted by 3 Bros. Running Company or take a few minutes to assess your throwing skills.

“United Way hosts the cornhole tournament during the festival and uses that particular activity as a fundraiser,” says Gravett.

The festivities also include a vendor’s market, Gumbo cooking, pumpkin pie tasting contest and live entertainment including Flava Band, JT Reserve, Joey Greer and headliner Kevin Fowler.

The Explore Orange team hopes, during these three days, to take as many visitors as possible “to an enchanted country”.

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— Written by Chrissie Mouton


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