With nice weather holding out Friday night just long enough, it was a good crowd for the lighting of the pumpkins.
Organizers guess there are between 850-1,000 pumpkins up on the mountain this year. That's fewer than previous years only because the pumpkins this year are bigger.
It is a long process getting from pumpkin seed to a place perched up on the mountain.
"They start early in the summer planting the pumpkins," said Cindy Daffron, executive director of the museum. "And then they start a week ahead pulling them out of the field.putting them on the trailers. Monday we started delivering to the local schools. Tuesday we started carving. Today we were done by 3:30 p.m. The best record ever so far."
Students from area schools carved the pumpkins. The festival continues Saturday with a full day of food, music, entertainment and fun.