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 29
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.
11:15 a.m. - Sunflower Contest (Cancelled)
Entries should be dropped off at the Pumpkinfest Information Booth after 9 a.m. Prizes will be awarded for tallest and largest diameter. 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.
Noon - 18th Annual Chili Cook-off (Cancelled)
Drop off entries between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. The Cook-Off will have a new home this year so please check back. Don't forget to include your recipe with your entry. The $5 entry fee includes all you can eat chili and a drink.
Judging will take place at Noon. Prizes awarded for first through third places. Winners will be posted at the Information Booth and be available by 3 p.m.
For more information, contact Melissa Whitburn at 906-663-4001.
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. - 2nd Annual Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest
The 2nd annual 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 (1/4 pie), 9 - 11 (1/4 pie), 12 - 14 (1/2 pie), and 15 and up (whole pie). This is a timed event 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.