PumpkinFest 2021, Our 25th Year!

As promised, we left the lights on for you until Pumpkinfest 2021.  Guess what?!  Pumpkinfest is BACK!!!!  After going virtual in 2020, the Pony Express Museum is excited to announce the dates for Pumpkinfest 2021!  This year marks the 25th anniversary of our popular event.  Save the dates of October 8th through the 10th to share family fun at the Museum and Patee Park. Our family focused festival sponsored by the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph, MO starts Friday night at 5pm.  It runs all day Saturday from 10am to 9pm, and Sunday from noon to 5pm.


Children's Costume Parade

Children’s costume parade is Saturday the 9th at 11 am. The costume contest and parade will be held on Saturday, October 9, 2021.  Please come to the Patee Hall parking lot at 10:00 am to register for the costume contest.  The parade begins at 11 am, with a rain time of 3 pm.


We will award prizes after the parade ends at Pumpkin Mountain, typically around 11:45.  Many thanks to our parade sponsor, St. Joseph Hy-Vee for once again donating the grand prize and family category prizes.  We also send thanks to Midwest Central Outdoor for once again providing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes to each age category:  infant to 3 years; 4 to 7 years; and 8 to 12 years.

Costume Parade Entry Form

Entertainment and More

Main Stage entertainment includes the Baker Family, children’s entertainer Dino O’Dell, the Knobtown Skiffle Band, the Phil Vandel Band, BJ Talley’s magic act, and Will Stuck storytelling and book giveaway.  Gazebo entertainment includes Creatures by Theresa, Pony Express Therapy Dogs, and the Hontz family and much more!


Check out the food trucks, craft vendors, Paul Kirkham’s Balloon Art, Evans Carnival rides and much, much more!

Don’t miss a crowd favorite – the lighting of Pumpkin Mountain!  Watch in amazement as we light over 500 hand carved pumpkins on the Mountain in front of the Museum at 8pm both Friday and Saturday nights!


As always, Saturday and Sunday include special activities at the Children’s Tent.  Come see The Pony Express Prospectors demonstrate panning for gold all three days.

Full Entertainment Schedule


Financial assistance provided by the St. Joseph, MO Convention and Visitors Bureau.

***Subject to cancelation as mandated by local regulation***

Vendor Information

Welcome Letter Previous Vendor

Welcome Letter New Vendor

Call Letter

Commercial Vendor Application

Craft Vendor Application

Food Vendor Application

Pumpkinfest 2020

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