Bessemer's 37th Annual Pumpkin Festival
September 24 - September 27, 2015

50/50 Winner

Joanne Colgin

Ticket #: 3544

Music on Main St

Country Roads
Saturday, September 26

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Roast Beef & Pulled-Pork

with Silent Auction
Sunday, September 27,
4-7 p.m. at the Bessemer VFW
Tickets $10 (under 10 - $5)

Get Your 50/50 Tickets
Ticket sales start Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27.

See any orange-shirted Pumpkinfest committee member.

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

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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.

Saturday, September 26

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. - 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. - 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.