Bessemer's 36th Annual Pumpkin Festival
September 25 - September 28, 2014
50/50 Winner

Joanne Colgin

Ticket #: 3544

Music on Main St

Fast Forward
Saturday, September 27

3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

Roast Beef & Pulled-Pork

with Silent Auction
Sunday, September 28,
4-7 p.m. at the Bessemer VFW
Tickets $10 (under 10 - $5)

Get Your 50/50 Tickets
Ticket sales start Thursday, September 25 through Sunday, September 28.

See any orange-shirted Pumpkinfest committee member.

Drawing on Sunday, 6 p.m., at the Bessemer VFW.

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Welcome to the 36th 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.

Festivities begin Thursday evening, September 25, with the Chamber's "Business After 5" social at Button Contest - 1st Place the Pit Stop bar. Also starting on Thursday are the 50/50 raffle and geo-caching.

The Bessemer Historical Society 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 Saturday with the drawing that night at midnight at the Pit Stop

On Saturday, September 27, 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 & Twinklz, pumpkin bowling and a number of contests. Please see the Contests 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.

Button Contest - Honorable Mention 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 at City Hall in the DDA Meeting Room (1st floor) and the Pie Social will be held in the City Hall Auditorium. Mike Keating will play a variety of music from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. In between, 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 and conversation.

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. Fast Forward will entertain you from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. If the weather is bad, they will perform upstairs at the Pit Stop.

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 28, 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.