Bessemer's 35th Annual Pumpkin Festival
September 26 - September 39, 2013
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Movie Night

Hocus Pocus (PG)

Friday, September 28
7:00 p.m.
City Hall Auditorium

Music on Main St

The Bomb Squad
Saturday, September 29

3:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Roast Beef & Rotisserie
Chicken Dinner

with Silent Auction
Sunday, September 29,
3-6 p.m. at the Bessemer VFW
Tickets $10 (under 10 - $5)

Get Your 50/50 Tickets
Ticket sales start Thursday, September 26 through Sunday, September 29.

See any orange-shirted Pumpkinfest committee member.

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

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Friday, September 27

Movie on Night - "Hocus Pocus" (Rated PG). This FREE movie will be shown at the City Hall Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Some seating will be available.

Saturday, September 28

For the 27th year, Dave Parker, Skippy, the Great Pumpkin, and friends will perform live at this year's Pumpkinfest.   Skippy and Dave have logged many miles and over 3,000 performances across the country at schools, clubs, concerts, colleges, conventions, libraries, and countless fairs and festivals.

Dave's cast of characters includes Skippy (his right hand man), Mozart the Dog, Bat Man the Bombastic Baseball Bat, and Skippy's would-be girlfriend for whom he is always pining, Claire da Loon. Parker and his partners prepare and polish each program for its particular patrons, and have performed shows with a variety of special themes including "Rock and Read"; an anti-bullying program for elementary and middle school students; and a very special Lewis and Clark show that features the cast in historical regalia as they portray Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and the other explorers on the expedition.

Before making the switch to full-time ventriloquist, Dave was a singer and songwriter on the college circuit who has recorded and released four albums and three videos, as well as the regional hit "The Old Buffalo," which raised money to restore a historic fire engine near Green Bay, Wisconsin. Some of the most exciting moments of any program are when Dave combines his skills as a ventriloquist with his musical talents.

Traveling with his own sound system, Dave can set up anywhere and is equally at ease in a 1,000 seat auditorium or on the back of a flatbed truck, and he often goes where no ventriloquist has thrown his voice before.

Dave is known as the "Iron Man" of school assemblies, having performed for over twenty years without ever missing a date, and has earned a reputation as being a heckuva nice guy to work with. Some of the highlights of Skippy and Dave's career have been opening for the likes of magician David Copperfield, being featured in the nationally distributed book Dustin's Big School Day, and performing as a main attraction at the world's largest aviation convention.

For more information on Skippy & Dave, visit their website at

"Bring a smile to someone special!" From 11:30 - 2:30, Slow Poke da Clown and Twinklz will be on Main Street performing for the kids.

Watch Slow Poke create beautiful balloon sculptures and perform magic tricks and Twinklz will transform your face through her creative facepainting.

Visit Slow Poke & Twinklz on their website.

Saturday's Pie Social at the City Hall Auditorium features the Washington Elementary School choir at 11:30 a.m. while perennial favorite Gogebic Range Concert Band performs from 2 - 3 p.m. 

As you're enjoying your desert and coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Enjoy the country sounds of Bomb Squad at Pumpkin Square. This FREE, outdoor concert runs from 3 - 7 p.m. Bring your chairs and blankets.

Also on Saturday evening, a teen dance will be held at the City Hall Auditorium from 7 - 10 p.m. A DJ will play today's current hits. There is a $3 cover charge to help defray the cost of the DJ.

Sunday, September 29

Back by popular demand, traditional blue grass favorite Up North Connection will perform Sunday evening from 3-6 p.m. at the Bessemer VFW during the Roast Beef/Rotisserie Chicken dinner.

This three member group from the local area has played many times at Festival Ironwood, the Porkies Music Festival, the Massie field Band Shell, and many other venues outside the area.

So please join us for some great food and a down-home, foot-stompin' good time.