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  • 2018 Crete's Great Pumpkin Festival - Schedule of Events Overview

    Friday, October 5th - Kick-Off Activities

    • 3:30 – 6pm, Great Pumpkin Blitz in downtown Crete

    • 5 - 8pm, Swine and Dine at The Brew House: Pork Feed benefit for Crete Chamber FBLA Scholarship

    • 7pm - Midnight, Terror on 12th Street at Sokol Hall


    Saturday, October 6th - Pre-Festival Activities

    • 8:30 - 10:30am, Pumpkin Pancake Feed in City Park hosted by Alpha Pi Epsilon Fraternity - Free Will Donations. 

    • 8:30am, Mayor’s Fun Run

    Registration in City Park

    • 9am, Mayor’s Run: Adult & Teen, 3rd-6th Grade, 2nd Grade and Under Divisions

    • 11am- 1pm, Doane University

    Homecoming Tailgate

    • 1pm - Doane Tiger Football vs. Dordt College at Al Papik Field

    • Community Night & Husker Watch Parties: spend the evening in downtown Crete with food and entertainment at local businesses

    • 7pm - Midnight - Terror on 12th Street at Sokol Hall


    Festival Events

    8am-12pm, Pre-Festival Breakfasts:

    • Knights of Columbus Pancake Feed at St. James

    • Morning Brunch at The Brew House


    Sunday, October 7th from 12:00pm - 5:00pm - Main Festival Activities

    RAIN LOCATION: Doane University Fuhrer Field House

    • Crete Police Department & Nebraska State Patrol

    • Sid Dillon and Skala’s OK Tire Store Car Show & Shine

    • UBT Scarecrow Competition

    • Crete Ace Hardware Bounce Houses & Zipline

    • Nestle Purina Horn T Exotic Petting Zoo

    • Pinnacle Bank Pumpkin Growing Competition

    • DQ Grill & Chill’s Live Entertainment

    • Ol'Red Radio 99.5 Carnival Games

    • Crete TJ Sokol's Kids Pedal Pull - Sponsored by: Waddell & Reed, Inc. L. Sue Placek, CFP®

    • Crete Area Medical Center Hayrack Rides

    • Crete Community Foundation Craft Show & Farmer’s Market

    • Saline Medical Specialties Food Court


    • 12pm: Presentation of Colors

    • 12-3pm: Pumpkin Silent Auction

    • 1-3pm: Pumpkin Bingo

    • 1:30pm: Festival Piñata & Pumpkin Drop

    • 2pm: Pumpkin Carving

    • 2:30pm: Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest

    • 3pm: Festival Award Ceremony

    • 3:45pm: Bouncy Ball & Pumpkin Drops


    Festival Featured In:

    The Food Network Magazine

    Midwest Living Magazine

    Nebraska Life Magazine

    Tractor Supply Co. Magazine

    Omaha’s Magazine

    Nebraska Tourism Commission’s Webinar: “Successful Festivals in Nebraska”

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