Perfect weather and a larger festival area brought large crowds to downtown Tecumseh for the 21st annual Appleumpkin Festival last weekend.
“Appleumpkin was absolutely awesome,” said organizer Jan Fox. “The crowds came. Everybody had a great time. It was one-hundred percent perfect.”
Approximately 25,000 to 30,000 people came to wander the streets of downtown, enjoying music, food, art, antiques, and activities. This year, the festival spread out to Kilbuck St. on S. Evans St., and went into the 300 block of S. Ottawa St.
The free shuttle service was used from Tecumseh High School, and for visitors to travel out to the Apple Festival at Kapnick Orchards.
The new Saturday tractor show on S. Evans St. was a popular new attraction, as was the straw maze in the southeast parking lot.
Kids enjoyed playing in the corn box to find hidden gold coins. The Tecumseh Rotary had great success with the scarecrow building, and ran out of clothes after 400 scarecrows were built.
“Our kids activities are always well-received,” Fox said.
Food was very popular. “Everybody eats no matter what,” said Fox. “There’s a little something for everybody.”
Downtown merchants had a very busy weekend. Crystal Winkler of Tecumseh Antiques and More expected large crowds and told her dealers to be prepared and to plan to work extra shifts during the weekend.
“It was fabulous. It was a great weekend,” Winkler said. “I had very positive feedback about Tecumseh and how Appleumpkin was set-up and organized.”
Improved business continued into Monday for Tecumseh Antiques and More. People called about pick-ups and came into the store.
Winkler believes Appleumpkin really benefits the city and merchants. “It brings people into town,” she said. “We really appreciate the city doing this.”
Kapnick Orchards sponsors an Apple Festival that runs in conjunction with Appleumpkin downtown. Scott Robertello was pleased the weekend turned out so perfectly.