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July 29 @ 11:00 am - 8:00 pm


Last year this event at Matthews Living History Farm Museum was such a success that we are hosting it again. However, this year, the Pumpkin Night Festival has been turned into an all-day event! The day will be filled with German, Scottish, Irish, heritage traditions and stories. We will also be having a special guest from the Grayson County Historical Society, coming out to talk about the Scot/Irish and German, people of Grayson County.

If you didn’t have time to carve a pumpkin well this is your chance to add a Jack O’ Lantern to our Light the Porch Event.

There will be vendors in the vendor lot selling their handmade items too. Musicians will be on the woodworking shop porch playing Irish tunes and some Old-time Music. There will be demonstrators of heritage skills all around the museum.

We also have a demonstration of the German Witches Broom Dance happening during the day at 2:30PM and at night around 7:00pm! Wagon rides and music! Just a fun filled day. There will be food and drink available throughout the day.

ALSO: Do you have an amazing pumpkin pie recipe? Well, enter the Pumpkin Pie contest! Needs to be from scratch, crust and filling. Yes, you can use canned pumpkin, but not pumpkin pie canned. We prefer the fresh pumpkin. We will start taking in pies at 11:00am to noon. Judges will be tasting these wonderful desserts at 12:30pm and we will announce winners at 3:00pm. There is a cash prize for 1st & 2nd, 3rd we have something for you as well. Prizes will be handed out at the workshop’s porch!
This starts at 11:00AM and ends at 3:00PM

At Night: Starting at 5:00PM going through 8:00PM
We would love for your children to come in their Halloween costumes to join in the fun. Please come out and bring a carved pumpkin to the event! We plan on lighting up the porches, the cabin and the blacksmith shop with over 100 pumpkins! We will light the pumpkins that night for people to see and vote on. Some prizes will be awarded, so please leave you information under your pumpkin (name, address, phone# and age). There will be games, music, and snacks. Movies will be in the old cabin. A talk about the History of Halloween traditions and maybe you’ll see some historic ghost! There will be another rendition of the German Witches Broom Dance at 7:00pm. Of course, we will have candy and even popcorn! We hope to see there!


July 29
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Matthews Living History Farm Museum


Matthews Living History Farm Museum
476 White Pine Rd
Galax, VA 24333 United States
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(276) 773-3080