Celebrating Fall in St. Joseph

Pony Express PumpkinFest

Pony Express PumpkinFest is an annual family arts festival held ever year during the second full weekend in October. This year it will be October 10-12th.

Come and celebrate the fall harvest at the annual Pony Express PumpkinFest. Live entertainment & music, reenactments, storytelling, children's costume parade, festival rides, games, crafts and food vendors and more.

Be sure not to miss the lighting of the "Great Pumpkin Mountain" on opening night. Thousands of people come to view the hundreds of carved, electrically lit pumpkins come to life with the flip of a switch!  It's simply breathtaking to view.

The festival is held on the grounds of the Pony Express Museum and Patee Park, 914 Penn Street, St. Joseph. Full schedule here. 

Celebrate Autumn!

The 19th Annual 2014 PumpkinFest, a family focused festival sponsored by the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, MO. opens at 5 P.M. Friday October 10th and runs through Sunday, October 12th until 5 P.M.

The highlight of the celebration takes place at 8 P.M. Friday, October 10th when over 800 hand - carved pumpkins will be electrically lit on “Pumpkin Mountain” in front of the museum.

Almost continuous entertainment for both adults and children will occur both on stage and on the grounds of Patee Park across from the museum during the 3-day family event. Food will also be available in the park. Children’s activities include crafts and games, wandering magician, balloon man, storytelling, and much more. Come see Jeff Lux Band on Friday evening, Missouri Rebels Band on Sat. evening, and Phil Vandel Band on Sunday afternoon. Back by popular demand is The Baker Family; listen as the children play bluegrass and country music. Also, this year are Jay & Leslie’s Laughing Matters, Professor Farquar and Pole Cat Annie providing entertainment.

“Pumpkin Carriage” rides by Wayne Duncan located at the northwest corner of Patee Park.

Families can enjoy the carnival rides (arm bands available at specific times), pony rides and a petting zoo. Families and children are invited to participate in the Costume Parade Saturday morning at 11:00 A.M. Registration starts at 10:00 A.M. at Patee Hall, 9th and Olive. At 11:30 A.M. on the main stage, prizes will be awarded for the best costumes for each age group and there is a grand prize that is being donated by Hy-Vee of St. Joseph, the parade sponsor.

Festivities start Friday, October 10th, 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Saturday. October 11th, 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 12th, Noon – 5:00 P.M. Log on to our website at www.ponyexpress.org for a complete schedule of the 2014, 19th Annual Pumpkinfest.