Monday, October 3, 2011
20th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival at Allardt
On Saturday, Oct 01, TTA members gathered in Allardt, TN for the 20th annual Great Pumpkin Festival. (Allardt is east of Jamestown, TN and on the road that leads to historic Rugby. It's also the hometown of Fount Bertram.). Although the winner of the pumpkin weigh-off was not a record-breaker like last year, it still weighed just over 1,000 pounds.
An inspired team effort got the TTA "float" ready for the Pumpkin parade, and we all marched and threw candy to the kids along the route. Thanks to Fount's insider influence, we were 6th in the parade line-up - well ahead of the horses and mules which is very important even when you are wearing hiking boots.
After the parade, we headed a few miles down the road to Colditz Cove State Natural Area to hike above and then behind Northrup Falls. There was a fantastic amount of water this year making the falls and the bluffside springs really worth the trip.
On Sunday, a few hikers headed to the Big South Fork to hike the O&W Bridge trail, but there was also a hike at Pickett State Park. Particularly lovely was the Ladder Trail which uses 2 wooden ladders to descend and then ascend one of the large sandstone rockhouses in the park.