Welcome to the 38th Annual Bessemer Pumpkin Festival.
Please note that all events are tentative as we are still in the
process of finalizing this year's schedle.
The Bessemer Chamber of Commerce and Bessemer Pumpkinfest Committee are once again proud to sponsor this year's event where you'll find
activities for the entire family.
Festivities begin Thursday evening, September 22, with the Chamber's "Business After 5" social at the
starting on Thursday are the 50/50 raffle, poker run, 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.
On Friday evening from 6 to 11 p.m., we are offering FREE carnival rides
for all ages. There will be many kiddie rides and also a few
of the bigger ones. This was made possible through the generosity of American-Solutions-for-Business (Kathy Whitburn), Big Snow Country Contracting, General
Insurance Agency, Corullo Forest Products, and Miskovich's Fish Fry (Larry and Veronica). Friday evening also includes a teen dance at the City Hall
Auditorium from 7-10 p.m. with DJ music ($3 admission).
If you're looking for some adventure, 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. Also, helicopter rides will be taking off from the field east
of Steiger's Home Center from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday.
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
along Sophie Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment continuing until 9 p.m.
Sophie Street activities include a costume kiddies parade, carnival, ventriloquist Dave Parker and Skippy
balloon characters and face painting by Happy Dayz the Clown &
, pumpkin bowling,
, and a number of contests. Please see the Contests
page for more information.
Pumpkinfest T-shirts 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. You can also take a horse-drawn hayride mini-tour of Bessemer.
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. The junior high class will once again be selling all kinds of delicious goodies in the concession
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.
The Bessemer VFW will co-sponsor an open Horseshoe Tournament beginning at 1:00 p.m. The tournament
is open to the public with prizes awarded to the top three teams.
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.
At 3:00 p.m., Dairy Queen is hosting a treasure hunt for the kids.
Pumpkinfest closes out Sunday evening, September 27, with a Brisket & Pulled-Pork dinner at the
Bessemer VFW, from 4 - 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 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 and silent auction winners will be announced.