Bessemer's 37th Annual Pumpkin Festival
September 25 - September 28, 2014
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Friday, September 25

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

Saturday, September 26

For the 29th 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 ad Twinklz will transform your face through her creative face-painting.

Visit Slow Poke & Twinklz on their website.

Saturday's Pie Social at the City Hall Auditorium features perennial favorite Gogebic Range Concert Band from 1 - 2 p.m. 

Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Enjoy the sounds of Country Roads at Pumpkin Square. This FREE, outdoor concert runs from 3 - 6 p.m.

Karaoke Contest from 6 - 9 p.m. at Pumpkin Square (Will move to upstairs of the Pit Stop if rain) - Hosted by Katie's Karaoke. Three age groups will share over $200 in prizes. Click here for details.

Country Pumpkin Hoedown starting at 7 p.m. at JJ's Yale Bar. Music by Roy Haapala.

Sunday, September 27

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 Brisket/ 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.