Hocus Pocus (PG)
City Hall Auditorium
Music on Main St
The Bomb Squad
3:00 - 7:00 p.m.
with Silent Auction
Sunday, September 29,
3-6 p.m. at the Bessemer VFW
Tickets $10 (under 10 - $5)
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.
Welcome to the 35th Annual Bessemer Pumpkin Festival.
The Bessemer Chamber of Commerce is once
again proud to sponsor this year's event. You'll find activities for the whole family. Please refer to the
schedule of events
for a complete list.
Festivities begin Thursday evening, September 26, with the Chamber's "Business After 5" social at
the Pit Stop bar. Also starting on Thursday
are the 50/50 raffle and geo-caching.
Friday evening, September 27, enjoy the Halloween comedy "Hocus Pocus"
(Rated PG). The movie begins at 7:00 p.m. at the City Hall Auditorium and
is free. Bring your chairs or blankets to sit on (some seating will be available).
The Poker Run
begins on Friday and runs through
midnight Saturday. Drawings will be held Friday and Saturday night at midnight at the Pit Stop.
On Saturday, September 28, begin your day with a hearty Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast at the St. Sebastian School
(regular pancakes are available too). The St. Sebastian Knights of Columbus fire up the griddle from 7 - 11a.m.
After breakfast, the entire family can spend the day downtown with special activities for kids (and adults who
want to act like kids). Vendor and food booths will be lined up on Sophie Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Main Street activities include a costume kiddies parade, carnival, ventriloquist Dave
Parker and Skippy
performances, balloon characters and face painting by Slow Poke da Clown & Twinklz
, pumpkin bowling and a number of contests. Please see the
page for more information. Pumpkinfest T-shirts and sweatshirts can be
purchased at our information booth, the BP gas station, and General Insurance Agency.
Pony rides and a petting zoo will be set up on Main Street.
Our craft fair will be held at the A.D. Johnston High School gym from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The gym will be filled
with crafters showing their wares. While you're at the gym, visit the Gogebic Wood Carvers in the shop room where
you can see many of their hand-carved pieces.
The Bessemer Historical Society
its doors from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Stop by and see the many displays depicting Bessemer's history and heritage.
You may also want to take the short drive to Copper Peak and enjoy their
For the classic car and tractor enthusiasts,
the Klassic Kruisers Car Club
will have many of their
classic and antique cars on display. Also, the Lake Superior Tired Iron
will display their antique tractors in the BP parking lot. A tractor pull is scheduled for
The Bessemer VFW will co-sponsor an open Horseshoe Tournament beginning at 1:00 p.m. The tournament is open to
the public. Pumpkin Bingo will be played at City Hall in the DDA Meeting Room (1st floor) and the Pie Social will
be held at the City Hall Auditorium. So after all that walking and shopping, stop by for some great deserts and
conversation. The Gogebic Range Band and Washington Elementary School Choir will provide entertainment at the Pie
And at 3:00 p.m., Dairy Queen is hosting a treasure hunt for the kids.
After a hectic day, relax and enjoy our Street Dance on Main Street. The country sounds of Bomb Squad will
entertain you from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets.
And from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, a teen dance will be held at the City Hall Auditorium. Refreshments will
be available. There is a $3 cover charge.
Pumpkinfest closes out Sunday evening, September 29, with a Roast Beef/Rotisserie Chicken dinner at the Bessemer
VFW, from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $10 each (under 10 - $5) and can be purchased at the door. The dinner is open to
the public and takeout is available. Bluegrass favorite
Up North Connection
returns to provide entertainment. A silent auction will be held throughout the dinner.
At 6:00 p.m., we will draw the 50/50 raffle winner and silent auction winners will be announced.