On Friday October 28th, the Franklin Giant Pumpkin will arrive in Franklin, Tennessee after a gruelling 20 hour road trip from her sister city, Carleton Place, Ontario, Canada. The pumpkin, which has been provided by a farm near Carleton Place for the past several years, is estimated to weigh between 800 and 1,500 pounds this year, and will be a feature attraction in the 29th annual Franklin Pumpkinfest.
The Sister City program forms long-term bonds between communities in different countries and aims to encourage the understanding of historical, lifestyle and cultural similarities and differences. Through cultural exchange programs, shared research and development projects, or even a shared pumpkin, the Sister City program promotes peace and understanding through people-to-people relationships.
U.S. Embassy representatives went to Carleton Place to send the Franklin Pumpkin on its way, and have a photo op with Carleton Place Mayor Wendy LeBlanc and Sister City committee members.
To learn more about the Sister City program, please go to www.sister-cities.org.
Follow the Franklin Pumpkin on Twitter as it makes its journey from Carleton Place to Franklin for Pumpkinfest 2012!