The annual event, all held around the Manchester Community Center, a schoolhouse much older than anyone present, brings seasonal joy to people from all walks of life from all over southwest Arkansas.
Today’s Manchester is made up of generations of farm families from this area, including some who work as EMTs and volunteer firefighters. Manchester UMC has a long history of being a hands-on mission church, while working hard is not a new concept for them.
On the grassy lot between the community center’s playground and Manchester Road will be rows of Arkansas-grown pumpkins for sale. Festival-goers are able to browse the large selection of pumpkins that will be picked and delivered the day before the event. In addition to the traditional jack-o-lantern type pumpkins, exotic varieties will be available at Pumpkin Day.