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 11, 12, & 13th

Come and celebrate the fall harvest at the annual Pony Express Pumpkinest. 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.  More information.

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Festivities start Friday, October 11th, 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Saturday. October 12th, 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 13th, Noon – 5:00 P.M. 


The 18th Annual 2013 Pumpkinfest, a family focused festival sponsored by the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, MO. opens at 5 P.M. Friday October 11th and runs through Sunday, October 13th until 5 P.M.

The highlight of the celebration takes place at 8 P.M. Friday, October 11th 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 Phil Vandel Band on Friday evening, Missouri Rebels Band on Sat. evening, and Jeff Lux Band on Sunday afternoon.

Back by popular demand is The Baker Family; listen as the children play bluegrass and country music. Also, new this year is Jay & Leslie’s Laughing Matters providing entertainment in addition to a “ just for children “ juggling workshop” on Sat., 1:00 – 2:00 P.M. in the gazebo.

“Pumpkin Carriage” rides by Wayne Duncan located at the northwest corner of Patee Park. Also, new this year, face painting by Michael’s in the children’s tent. Families can enjoy the carnival rides, period wagon rides, 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 and there is a grand prize that is being donated by Hy-Vee of St. Joseph, the parade sponsor.

Festivities start Friday, October 11th, 5:00 P.M. – 10:00 P.M. Saturday. October 12th, 10:00 A.M. – 9:00 P.M. and Sunday, October 13th, Noon – 5:00 P.M. Log on to our website at www.ponyexpress.org for a complete schedule of the 2013, 18th annual Pumpkinfest.

Contact Cindy Daffron at the Pony Express Museum,
816-279-5059 or 1-800-530-5930.
Send e-mails to pxdirector@ponyexpress.net
Pony Express Museum, 914 Penn Street, St. Joseph, MO. 64503