The 2019 Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Grand Marshals lead off the annual parade at the festival. This year, the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival honored eight local World War II veterans this year in recognition of the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied France, on June 6, 1944. Those honored included: John Anderson, Guy Atkinson, Bob Harris, Homer Luyster, Paul Luyster, Francis Plumly, Richard Steele and Henry Gallagher (recently deceased but represented by his wife, Georgie).