October 7-8, 2017


Schedule of Events at Pumpkinfest 2016

The full schedule of events and contests will be posted here as it becomes available:



7 pm, Pumpkin Eve

Downtown Cortland Repertory Theatre, 24-26 Port Watson St. Download poster. A magical evening celebrating the autumnal equinox while supporting The Great Cortland Pumpkinfest! Featuring a signature cocktail, mini desserts, and a performance and brief lesson by world-renowned tribal fusion belly dancer, Jill Parker. Additionally, guests will have the unique opportunity to judge exhibited pumpkin art on display. The art is created and entered by artists (amateur and noted) on behalf of a Cortland County charity. A $500 cash prize is awarded to the artist's designated charity. Tickets $30 per person. To purchase, stop in the Local Food Market, 37 N. Main St., or Little Pumpkin, 64 Main St. Also available online. For more information call (607) 591-7903, email jane@cortlanddowntown.com or visit our Facebook Event page.


Cortland Fire Station10 am - 4 pm, Cortland Fire Department Fire Prevention Open House

Cortland Fire Department HQ, 21 Court Street. Held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week in October. Our firefighters provide educational opportunities, demonstrations and fun events like the Junior Firefighter Combat Challenge. Activities change each year but the Auxiliary is always there with popcorn and cider for this family-oriented event! FREE family event! For more information call (607) 756-5612, e-mail david.jensen@cortlandfire.org or visit cortlandfire.org.


10 am - 12 noon, Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Key BankDecorate your pumpkin (real or hand-made) to resemble your favorite character from books, films, TV or music. Your pumpkin can be decorated with a group, with a friend or on your own and YOU can win a prize! Each entry will win a full-color 8x10 poster featuring your decorated pumpkin!

Enter the contest as a Kindergarten-2nd grader, 3rd/4th grader, 5th/6th grader, or as a group.

Win a Prize: First Place - $30, Second Place - $20, Third Place - $10

Bring your decorated pumpkin to the middle of Courthouse Park between 10 am and 12 noon on Saturday, October 1. Judging at 12 noon, winners announced at 2 pm at the Showmobile at the east end of the park. Pick up your pumpkin and poster by 5 pm on Sunday, October 2.

Pumpkin Decorating Registration Form now available!


Marc and Tom Duo11 am - 12 noon, Tribal Revival Duo - the "Marc and Tom Duo"

Come join Marc and Tom from Tribal Revival! The "Marc and Tom Duo" are singer/songwriter guitarists who bring their eclectic showmanship to any setting. Able to accompanying the other on harmonica, they display their special blend of roots-n-soul music.


12:30 - 2 pm, Dale Tolivar Band

Dale Tolliver BandDale Toliver is an amazing guitarist who has played with the likes of Bernard Purdie, Norman Connors, The Trammps, Crown Heights Affair, BT Express, King Floyd, Lucky Peterson, James Peterson, Juini Booth, Abdul-Rahman Qadir, Sabu Adeyola, Al Tinney, Linda Clifford, Harold Land Jr, Earl Roberson, Bilal Nugravee, Billy Nunn and many more. Dale is known for his seasoned innovative style and performs classic jazz standards, smooth jazz mixed with blues, R&B, and funk, as well as original music he composed and arranged.


Catskill Puppet Theatre2 - 3 pm, The Catskill Puppet Theatre

Main Stage/Showmobile. Their full sets, colorful scenery and large, beautiful puppets transform even the simplest environment into a fantasy world rich with wonder and excitement!

For more information visit the Catskill Puppet Theatre web site.


3 - 4:30 pm, Jeff Love Band

Jeff Love BandThe Jeff Love Band pays homage to the classic funk, soul and jazz of yesterday while imparting its contemporary vision on each mesmerizing offering. This eclectic brand of music brings music lovers of all ages together each time the JLB takes the stage. As a result, each Jeff Love Band event is not only a musical performance, but a social movement; A celebration of rhythmic collaboration. It’s your chance to dance, so get ready for the high energy experience of a lifetime. From the first high hat to the last rim shot, the JLB is guaranteed to have you movin’ and groovin’ all night long.



12 - 1 pm, Fall Creek Brass Band

Fall Creek Brass BandThe Fall Creek Brass Band’s headwaters are found in the funky beats, groovy bass lines, and hot licks hidden in the hills in the outskirts of Tompkins County. The waters of Fall Creek flow, at times slow and meandering and at times raucous and untethered, carrying this miasma of groove to Ithaca and surrounding towns where it infects the local population with an inescapable need to dance, sing, smile, and laugh. In their inexhaustible effort to get the world up and shaking that groove thing, the Fall Creek Brass Band plays a wide variety of dance music from traditional New Orleans tunes to funk, hip-hop to rock and roll. More information can be found at the Fall Creek Brass Band website.


1:30 - 3 pm, Purple Valley

Purple ValleyThe Purple Valley hails from the hills around Ithaca, NY. Featuring beautiful vocal harmonies and an exciting rhythm section, this six piece band plays dancing blues, swing, and rock and roll (with a touch of country) for listeners and dancers of every age and era.


3:30 - 5 pm, Molly & The Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys

Molly & the Badly Bent Bluegrass BoysHailing from Cortland, Molly & the Badly Bent Bluegrass Boys are a high-energy, traditional bluegrass band with a modern flavor consisting of quality harmonies and solos. The band’s sound resembles its influences, including the Del McCoury Band, Hot Rize, Della Mae, and Flatt & Scruggs, with a hint of Bill Monroe.