Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival

The annual Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival is held in historic downtown Elkin the fourth Saturday in September.

Festivities begin Saturday morning with the annual Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Portly pumpkins from growers all over the East Coast hit the scales to see which one takes home the $1,000 first prize. Previous winners have weighed in at more than 1,500 pounds. It is considered one of the most famous pumpkin contests east of the Mississippi.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive shortly after the festival opens at 9 a.m. to be sure to watch the weigh-in process. Large fork lifts are required to move the giant pumpkins to the scales.

Meanwhile, the day-long festival includes live music, arts and craft vendors and a kids zone. Everything takes place on on Main Street in Elkin.