Orangetober brings Pumpkins, Gumbo Cook-Off
Last updated 9/28/2021 at 12:50pm
Orangetober Festival is coming to Orange’s Riverside Pavilion Oct. 1-2.
Highlights include an insane number of pumpkins -- more than 11,000 – trucked in from the Panhandle and the Gumbo Cook-Off put on by the Greater Orange Area Chamber of Commerce.
The free community event kicks off at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 and tours of the Pumpkin Village will show off the melons and gourds.
Of course, a field of pumpkins means photo opps for the entire family.
Kids’ games and activities include a rock-climbing wall and a bounce house. Live entertainment will be on the Riverside Pavilion stage.
Food and craft beer will be available nearby.
Orangetober Festival resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 2 and features the Fifth Annual Gumbo Cook-Off, with a dozen or more cooking teams entered.
Categories include chicken and sausage, seafood, and combination.
Don’t miss the Pumpkin Pie eating contest, a Cornhole Tournament, more craft beer and food and live entertainment.
Sunday, come back to Riverfront Pavilion for a free pumpkin pickup. Families, businesses and individuals are encouraged to bring a few pumpkins home for decorating, carving or eating purposes.
“I’m really excited about the Gumbo Cook-Off,” said Leigh Ann Dallas, event manager for the City of Orange.
There were no fall events last year because of COVID-19 and the 2019, coming soon after Tropical Storm Imelda, couldn’t find enough entries.
“It’s great the Chamber helped us out; they’re putting it on for us. They got a lot of teams, which is good,” Dallas said.
“People really missed it.”