A Texas-sized pumpkin fest will feature 750,000 pounds of gourds

LEANDER, TX – An annual Hill Country tradition returns to Leander this fall.

The Texas Pumpkin Fest will take place October 8-30 at VFW Post 10427 in Leander, just north of Austin. It’s about an hour and 45 minute drive from downtown San Antonio, but it’s a great option for a fun family excursion.

The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. The Texas Pumpkin Festival will not take place on Mondays, with the exception of Columbus Day on October 10.

This Texas-sized pumpkin festival will feature 750,000 pounds of gourds, officials said.

There will also be a variety of games and rides for families, including face painting, a super slide, kiddie trains, a pumpkin spinner, Ferris wheel, pirate ship, hay maze and more.

A stage dedicated to magic shows will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in addition to selfie stations with old tractors that will be available daily.

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Food trucks will serve barbecue, Caribbean cuisine, funnel cakes, fried Oreos and other Texas treats.

Admission is $5 Tuesday through Thursday and $10 Friday through Sunday.

Pumpkins will be available for purchase starting at $2 each. Prices are rising for large pumpkins — up to $1 a pound, according to a news release.

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