Bessemer's 38th Annual Pumpkin Festival
September 22 - September 25, 2016
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The contests for this year's Pumpkinfest are described below. Feel free to call respective committee members if you would like additional information.

Now Until September 14

Design A Button Contest

Design this year's Pumpkinfest Button. Form and rules can be found here.

Saturday, September 26

11:15 a.m. - Pumpkin Decorating 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, your club, 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.

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.

2:30 p.m. - 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.