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  • 2017 Crete's Great Pumpkin Festival

    Full Schedule of Events from 2017 Crete's Great Pumpkin Festival:

    More details to be unveiled on 2018 4th Annual Crete's Great Pumpkin Festival in spring 2018.  

    Friday, Oct. 6th – Pumpkin Festival Kick-Off 
    3:30pm – 6pm – Great Pumpkin Blitz in Downtown Crete
    5:00pm – 8:00pm – Swine & Wine – Pork Feed at The Brew House
     *Funds Raised Benefit: Crete Chamber Scholarship Fund
    7:00pm – “The 60 Yard Line” at Isis Theater 
    7:00pm – Midnight – Terror on 12th Street at Crete TJ Sokol Hall

    Saturday, October 7th – Pre-Festival Activities
    7:30am – Crete Backpack Program Fun Run Registration at UCC 
    8:00am – Crete Backpack Program Fun Run at UCC
    8:00am – 10:30am – Crete Backpack Program Pancake Feed at UCC
     *All Proceeds Benefit Crete Backpack Program
    11:00am – 1:00pm – Doane Homecoming Tailgate & Football Game at Al Papik Field at Doane University 
    7:00pm – Community Husker Party 
    • Elle’s On Main 
    • Fraternal Order of the Eagles #3909
    • Kramer Bar & Grill
    • The Brew House
    • Veterans & Friends
    7:00pm – “The 60 Yard Line” at Isis Theater 
    7:00pm – Midnight – Terror on 12th Street at Crete TJ Sokol Hall

    Sunday, Oct. 8th – Festival Events 12pm – 5pm 
    Downtown Crete
    (Rain Location: Doane Fuhrer Field House)

    Pre-Festival Breakfasts:  
    8:00am – 11:00am – Knights of Columbus Pancake Feed at St. James Fellowship Hall
    8:00am – 12:30pm – VFW Brunch Buffet

    Main Festival Activities from 12pm – 5pm: 
    12:00pm – VFW Post #4959 Color Guard Presentation
    12:00pm – 5:00pm – Al vendors and activities open
    12:30pm – Delta Kappa Polka
    12:45pm – Musical Performance by Alpha Pi Epsilon
    1:00pm – Crete TJ Sokol Kids Pedal Pull Begins
    1:15pm – Vocal Performance by Stephanie Coley & Elyssia Finch
    1:30pm – Crete Volunteer Fire Department Pumpkin Drop
    1:45pm – Crete’s Dance Company
    2:00pm- Gold Start Martial Arts – Team Velocity
    2:15pm – Crete Clogging Connections
    2:30pm – UBT’s Scarecrow Competition & Pinnacle Bank’s Pumpkin Growing Competition Award Ceremonies
    3:00pm – Crete High School Drum Line
    3:15pm – Crete Cardinal Cheerleaders
    3:30pm – Crete Volunteer Fire Department Pumpkin Drop
    3:45pm – Crete High School Swing Choir
    4:00pm – Crete Foodmart Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
    4:15pm – Heath Sports & Tee Bouncy Ball Drop & Festival Piñata 
    4:30pm – Crete TJ Sokol Boxing 
    4:45pm – Pumpkin Auction 
    5:00pm – All vendors and booth close 

    Sunday Main Festival Attractions: 12pm – 5pm in Downtown Crete

    • Crete Ace Hardware Inflatables and Zipline
    • Edward Jones Investments Hayrack Rides
    • Nestle Purina Horn T Zoo Exotic Petting Zoo
    • Walmart and Black Hills Energy Great Pumpkin Giveaway
    • Sam’s Club and Ol’Red 99.5 Craft Show & Farmers Market
    • Postcard Jar Photo Booth
    • Crete TJ Sokol Escape Room and Waddell & Reed Kid’s Petal Pull 
    • DQ Grill & Chill Live Entertainment  
    • Crete Police Department & Nebraska State Patrol Booth 
    • Pinnacle Bank’s Pumpkin Growing Competition
    • UBT Scarecrow Competition
    • Crete Foodmart’s Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
    • Heath Sports & Tees Bouncy Ball Drop & Festival Piñata
    •  Saline Medical Specialties Food Court
    o Big T’s BQ Pit Stop
    o Carniceria San Fernando (Rico’s Tacos)
    o Gail’s Funnel Cakes
    o Rita’s Italian Ice
    o Pizza Hut
    o The Rootbeer Guy
    o Mrs. G’s Country Kitchen
    o Crete PEO Chapter
    o Valentino’s
    o Kona Ice
    o Ol’ Country Kettle Corn Concessions

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