The contests for this year's Pumpkinfest are described below. Feel free to call respective committee members if you would like additional information.
Saturday, September 28
11:00 a.m. - "Bake-Off" (Cancelled)
Baked goods should be dropped off at the City Hall Council Chambers anytime after 8 a.m. The Council
Chambers are located on the second floor. Youth and adult entrants are welcomed. Please include your recipe
with your entry.
Adult and youth 1st - 3rd place ribbons will be awarded for Pies, Breads, Cakes, Cookies N' Bars, Cheesecakes, Muffins, and Yeast Breads.
Judging will take place at 11:00 a.m.
For more information, contact Trish Massie at 906-364-2691.
11:15 a.m. - Pumpkin Decoration Contest
Decorate your pumpkin (real or hand-made) to resemble your favorite character from books, films, or TV.
Decorate your pumpkin with your class at school, with your club, with your family, or on your own.
Entries should be dropped off at the Pumpkinfest Information Booth across from the Gogebic Range Bank after 9 a.m.
Judging will take place at 11:15 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for best decorated in youth (under 12) and adult (12 or older) age groups.
For more information, contact Donna at 906-663-0237.
11:30 a.m. - Scarecrow and Totem Pole Contest
Set up your scarecrow and totem poles beginning at 8:00 a.m. in the Sophie Street park next to Abelman's. Judging begins at 11:30 a.m. Each contest will be grouped by age: youth (under 12), teens (12-15) and adult (16 or older).
Scarecrows will be judged based on creativity, originality, design, color, time & effort, and workmanship. Totem pole entries will be categorized by Carved, Most Unique, and Decorated.
Registration forms are available through this website or at the time of entry.
Winners will be posted at the Pumpkinfest Information Booth and prizes can be picked up there at noon.
For more information, contact Ruth at 906-364-4369.
12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Pumpkin Bingo
Pumpkin Bingo is open to all ages. Prizes will be awarded. Stop in for a few games.
12:30 p.m. - Pumpkin Bowling
Pumpkin Bowling will be held at the intersection of Sophie and Longyear Streets. Show off your skills. How well can you handle a "ball" that's not completely round. Contest is open to all ages.
1:00 p.m. - 1st Annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
This first-time event takes place on Sophie street and is open to all age groups. Prizes will be given to 8 & under, 9 - 13, and 14 & up.
2:30 p.m. - 3rd Annual Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
The Pumpkin Pie Eating contest will be take place near the Pumpkinfest Information Booth on Sophie Street (weather permitting). Contestants will be grouped by age: 5 - 8, 9 - 11, 12 - 14, and 15 and up. This is a timed event while eating 1/4 of a pie (the 15 & up age group does so without using their hands) and prizes will be awarded to the first contestant in each age group to finish their pie.
1:00 p.m. - Pumpkin Seed Spitting Contest
Contest will be held on Sophie Street and is open to all ages.
1:00 p.m. - Horseshoe Contest
The Horseshoe Contest will be held at the Bessemer VFW located on west U.S. 2.
The contest co-sponsored by the Bessemer VFW and Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee and is open to the public. Trophies will be awarded for first through third places.
For more information , contact Judy at 906-575-1097.
3:00 p.m. - Dairy Queen Treasure Hunt
The Dairy Queen Treasure Hunt will be held in the Dairy Queen parking lot at the corner of Sophie Street
and U.S. 2.