Saturday, September 28
For the 28th 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 www.skippyanddave.com.
"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 facepainting.
Visit Slow Poke & Twinklz on their website.
Saturday's Pie Social at the City Hall Auditorium features Mike Keating from 11:00 a.m.
until 1:00 p.m. and again from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. In between, enjoy perennial favorite
Gogebic Range Concert Band from 1 - 2 p.m.
As you're enjoying your desert and coffee, sit back, relax, and enjoy.
Enjoy the classic rock sounds of Fast Forward at Pumpkin Square. This FREE, outdoor concert runs from 3 - 6 p.m.
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 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.