Welcome to the 37th 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. We are still finalizing the Schedule of Events.
Festivities begin Thursday evening, September 24, 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.
The Bessemer Historical
opens its doors from 1 - 5 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. 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 Adventure Ride
. They will be open from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. all weekend.
The Poker Run
begins on Thursday with
drawings at midnight on Thursday, Friday, & Saturday at the Pit Stop Bar & Grill.
On Saturday, September 26, 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 - 11 a.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 Happy Dayz the Clown &
, 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
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.
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 Tractor Club
will display their antique tractors in the BP parking lot. A tractor pull is
scheduled for noon.
Also beginning at noon until 2 p.m., Bethany Ann Helen Studios will host an open house in their studio
on Sophie Street.
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 in the DDA Meeting Room at City Hall and the Pie Social will be held in
the City Hall Auditorium. The ever popular Gogebic Range Band will play from 2 - 3 p.m. So after
all that walking and shopping, stop by for some great deserts, conversation, and music.
And at 3:00 p.m., Dairy Queen is hosting a treasure hunt for the kids.
After a hectic day, relax and enjoy our music offerings. Country Roads will perform from 3 - 6 p.m.
at Pumpkin Square. JJ's Yale Bar is hosting a Country Hoedown beginning at 7 p.m. with music by
Ray Haapala. And from 7 - 10 p.m., Katie's Karaoke will host a karaoke contest on Sophie Street.
Pumpkinfest closes out Sunday evening, September 27, with a Brisket & Pulled-Pork 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.