Welcome to the 38th Annual Bessemer Pumpkin Festival.
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 Pit Stop Bar & Grill. This event is
co-sponsored by the First National Bank of Bessemer & the Leather & Gift Shop. Also starting on Thursday are the 50/50 raffle, poker run, and
The Bessemer Historical
opens its doors from 1 - 4 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, food, & games. There'll be "dancin in the
streets," at least on Sophie Street, from 7 - 10 p.m. with music provided by a local DJ.
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. - 4:30 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 Friday with drawings at midnight on 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 all along Sophie Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment throughout the day.
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, pony rides and petting zoo, and a number of contests. Please see the Contests
page for more
Pumpkinfest T-shirts can be purchased at our information booth and BP gas station.
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 stand.
For the classic car and tractor enthusiasts, the
Klassic Kruisers Car Club
have many of their classic and antique cars on display. Also, the will display their antique tractors in the BP parking lot. A tractor pull is
scheduled for noon.
The Pie Social will be held in the City Hall Auditorium. The ever popular Gogebic Range Band will play from 1 - 2 p.m. So after all that walking and
shopping, stop by for some great deserts, conversation, and music.
Pumpkin Bingo has been moved to Pumpkin Square on Sophie Street beginning at
At 3:00 p.m., Dairy Queen is hosting a treasure hunt for the kids.
Pumpkinfest closes out Sunday evening, September 25, 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. Entertainment will be provided by local
favorite Ray Haapala. A silent auction will be held throughout the dinner.
At 6:00 p.m., we will draw the 50/50 raffle and silent auction and geocaching winners will be announced.