Bessemer's 39th Annual Pumpkin Festival
September 27 - October 1, 2017

50/50 Winner

- Jim Albert -

Ticket #: 09634

Music on Main St
 Saturday, September 30

Eddo Maki
Rock & Country

3 - 5 p.m.

Roast Beef & Pulled-Pork
Dinner Buffet

with Silent Auction
Sunday, October 1,
4-7 p.m. at the Bessemer VFW
Tickets $ (under 10 - $)

Get Your 50/50 Tickets
Ticket sales start Friday, September 1 through Sunday, October 1.

On Sale at Area Bars and Pumpkinfest Tent on US 2 (in BP parking lot)

Drawing on Sunday, 6 p.m., at the Bessemer VFW.

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50/50 Winner Information:

After waiting 60 days as instructed by the State Gamiing Commission, no one else came forward with the winning ticket. Therefore, and as determined by the State, we awarded the prize to Mr. Jim Albert.

 From the Ironwood Daily Globe


Bessemer — The Bessemer PumpkinFest 50/50 contest had a local man come forward two weeks ago to claim the prize, only he lacked the physical ticket and only had a picture of it, which he provided as proof of purchase. The PumpkinFest Committee approached the Michigan Charitable Giving Commission regarding the validity of Jim Albert’s claim to the prize based off his photograph.

The winning numbers for the 50/50 are 9634 and the winner is expected to take home $4,836. On Monday John Frello told the Globe the CGC responded to their inquiry regarding the digital evidence of correct ticket ownership. According to the CGC, the digital picture of Albert with the ticket was enough to claim the prize, but the commission recommended waiting a full 60 days from the date of the drawing before awarding the prize money, said Frello.

By waiting the full 60 days, if the paper ticket is discovered and turned in, the money would be awarded immediately to the holder of the ticket. The commission did not say Albert was not the rightful winner, but urged caution to make sure there would be no doubt as to the validity of Albert’s claim.

Welcome to the 39th Annual Bessemer Pumpkin Festival.  

The Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee is proud to sponsor this year's event where you'll find activities for the entire family.

Festivities begin Wednesday evening, September 27, with the "Business After 5" social at  the Pit Stop Bar & Grill. This event is co-sponsored by the First National Bank of Bessemer, The Leather & Gift Shop, & Pit Stop Bar & Grill. Wednesday is also the start of Pumpkin geo-caching. Rules & locations can be found here.

Thursday evening, join us at the Ethnic Commons Park for the unvealing of Bessemer's new branding logo. The "Big Reveal" takes place at 6:45 p.m. with music preceding. The event moves to TroutLily Art & Design on Sophie Street if inclement weather.

Because of the generosity of area businesses, we will be offering FREE CARNIVAL RIDES on Friday from 4:30 - 10:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. There will also be food & games for all ages.

If you're looking for some adventure, take the short drive to Copper Peak and enjoy their Adventure Ride. They will be open from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. all weekend.

The Poker Run begins on Friday with drawings at midnight on Friday & Saturday at the Pit Stop Bar & Grill.

On Saturday, September 30, begin your day with a hearty Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast at the St. Sebastian School (regular pancakes are available too). The St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus fire up the griddle from 8 - 11 a.m.

After breakfast, the entire family can spend the day downtown with special activities for kids (and adults who want to act like kids). Vendor and food booths will be all along Sophie Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment throughout the day.

The Bessemer Historical Society will be open from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. Stop by and see the many displays depicting Bessemer's history and heritage

Sophie Street activities include a costume kiddies parade, carnival, ventriloquist Dave Parker and Skippy performances, balloon characters and face painting by Happy Dayz the Clown & Twinklz, pumpkin bowling, pony rides and petting zoo, and a number of contests. Please see the Contests page for more information.

Pumpkinfest T-shirts can be purchased at our information booth and BP gas station.

Our craft fair will be held at the A.D. Johnston High School gym from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gym will be filled with crafters showing their wares. The junior high class will once again be selling all kinds of delicious goodies in the concession stand.

Button Contest - Honorable Mention For the classic car and tractor enthusiasts, the Klassic Kruisers Car Club will have many of their classic and antique cars on display.   Also, the will display their antique tractors in the BP parking lot. A tractor pull is scheduled for noon.

The Pie Social will be held in the City Hall Auditorium. The ever popular Gogebic Range Band will play from 1 - 2 p.m. So after all that walking and shopping, stop by for some great deserts, conversation, and music. Pumpkin Bingo will take place in the DDA office at City Hall at 12:30.

At 3:00 p.m., Dairy Queen is hosting a treasure hunt for the kids.

At the same time, Eddo Maki will be performing on the Sophie Street stage, playing his brand of rock & country until 5:00 p.m.

And to end the day, the kids will be "dancin in the streets," at least on Sophie Street, from 7 - 10 p.m. with music provided by a local DJ.

This year's Pumpkinfest closes out Sunday evening, October 1, with a Roast Beef & Pulled-Pork dinner at the Bessemer VFW, from 4 - 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door. The dinner is open to the public and takeout is available. A silent auction will be held throughout the dinner.

At 6:00 p.m., we will draw the 50/50 raffle, silent auction, and geocaching winners will be announced.