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Re:  Pumpkinfest 2021 Children’s Costume Contest and Parade

Pony Express Museum

914 Penn Street

St. Joseph, MO 64503

Cindy Daffron, Executive Director


As promised, we left the lights on for you until Pumpkinfest 2021.  Guess what?!  The Pumpkinfest Children’s Parade is BACK!!!!  We enjoyed great success in 2020 with our first ever virtual children’s costume contest, with entrants and winners from across the region!  We’re excited to announce we are back in person for our 25th year of Pumpkinfest!

The costume contest and parade will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021.  Please come to the Patee Hall parking lot at 10:00 am to register for the costume contest.  The parade begins at 11 am, with a rain time of 3 pm.

We will award prizes after the parade ends at Pumpkin Mountain, typically around 11:45.  Many thanks to our parade sponsor, St. Joseph Hy-Vee for once again donating the grand prize and family category prizes.  We also send thanks to Midwest Central Outdoor for once again providing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes to each age category:  infant to 3 years; 4 to 7 years; and 8 to 12 years.

You will find parade forms at: or

Financial assistance provided by St. Joseph, MO Convention and Visitors Bureau.

***Subject to cancelation as mandated by local regulation***