The Great Cortland PumpkinFest is underway!

(Photo provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice).

As the leaves fall and the temperature drops, everyone around the country is getting ready to bundle up and warm up with a nice cup of apple cider or a pumpkin spiced beverage. In Cortland, residents are able to get their cup and more as they attend the annual PumpkinFest on October 5th and 6th

The community driven event started in 1996 and has become a beloved tradition among people of all ages. From riding the new Midway carnival rides to sitting and listening to the musical acts from stage, there is much to do at this well attended event.

Today, a pumpkin contest will be held. Kids can enter their character designed pumpkins for a chance to win a $10 gift certificate to Trinity Valley, where they can enjoy a nice glass of their famous chocolate milk and more!

Along with all the events, various musical groups and local acts will be performing on stage. Today, the SUNY Cortland Musical Theater Program opened the stage and will be followed by numerous acts during the day including James Vandeuson II, the Fall Creek Brass Band, and more!

“I’ve been part of the festival committee for a few years and I've seen so many people come and enjoy the festival every year!” said Stacy Kirkland, marketing director and Treasurer for the PumpkinFest committee, “If you’re in town for family weekend or just visiting, come check us out!”.

While at the event, be sure to check out the local vendors like Off the Hook, the Sean M. Walsh K-9 Memorial Foundation, and more to support their local business!

Here are some photos of the event (Photos provided by Kaitlyn Hession/Cortland Voice):