The Hartsburg Pumpkin Festival began in 1991 as a celebration of the pumpkin and the promotion for the village of Hartsburg. In those days, and to the present, Hartsburg was known as “The Garden Spot of Boone County.” That rich Missouri River bottom soil produces unique and bountiful harvests of grains, grasses, fruits, and vegetables. It was a time to share our wealth with mid-Missouri.
The parade starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday. Most events are free of cost and there is free parking! There are more than 250 vendors at this wonderful festival! Trams run both days to make the hike to town a little easier.Driving Directions:
- From Jefferson City: Take 63 North to the Eagle Knoll Golf Course exit and continue left around to Soft Pit Hill Rd. and follow it all the way to Hartsburg.
- From Columbia: Go through Ashland and take Old Highway 63 South to Christian School Road, turn right and follow all the way to Hartsburg.
Note: Route A tends to be slower due to us routing traffic through town to the parking lots, however if you prefer to avoid gravel, Route A is your best bet.