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Circleville Pumpkin Show

Renowned in the country and even the world, Circleville really knows how to put on a show. Check out 2017’s highlights and learn more about “The Greatest Free Show on Earth.”

November 2, 2017

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Olivia Miller

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The 2017 Circleville Pumpkin Show went off this year without a hitch! The annual four-day festival is everything pumpkins and nothing but entertainment and fun. Dubbed “The Greatest Free Show on Earth,” the Pumpkin Show had its beginnings in 1903 when the mayor of Circleville decided to create an event that would bring together the country residents and the city residents. 114 years later, the event has only grown larger and more popular. Miss this year? Never heard of the festival? Check out 2017’s highlights, and if you like what you see, you can definitely do more than just plan a visit.

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Food, Drinks, and Pumpkins Galore

It's not a festival without food, right?

The Pumpkin Show does things a little differently than other festivals. While the streets are lined with vendors, the majority of them sell nothing but pumpkin-flavored or inspired foods. Pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin waffles, pumpkin chili, you name it! If you can put pumpkin in it—and even if you can’t, someone is bound to have found a way!—you can find it at the Pumpkin Show.

man's arms serving french fries at festival
Even if you aren’t a fan of pumpkin foods, there’s plenty of other festival favorites to choose from!

The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In

The crown jewel!

Every year, visitors come from all over to see or participate in the largest attraction of the show: The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In! Beginning the first day of the festival, farmers and amateur growers alike bring in their largest pumpkin of the season to pit it against competitors. The prize? A shiny trophy and a check for $1,000! Cecil Weston brought in a whopping 1,701-pound pumpkin to claim 2017’s first-place prize. He was followed closely by Bella Liggett’s 1,562-pound pumpkin, and Mark Hoffhines came in third with his 1,155.5 pound pumpkin. If you thought more than 1,700 pounds was big, 2014 saw a nearly 2,000-pound pumpkin!

pumpkins in large wooden crate
People from all over bring their pumpkins to put them to the test.

The Miss Pumpkin Show & Little Miss Pumpkin Show

Every great event needs a Queen!

This isn’t about the most beautiful and charismatic pumpkins, believe it or not. The events are actually mini-pageants for women and girls who are vying for the title of Miss Pumpkin Show. Carly Miller was crowned Queen in 2017, and her first and second attendants were Brittany Lott and Elizabeth Sahr, respectively. For the Little Miss Pumpkin Show, Mya Jade Picklesimer earned the title and crown while Tinley Maxson and Lydia Kathryn Marcum were her first and second attendants, respectively.

Parades, parades, parades

Do you like parades? Because there are tons of 'em!

From the first day of the festival to the last, there will always be a parade to catch. Here were the 2017 Parades:

  • Little Miss Pumpkin Show Parade
  • Miss Pumpkin Show Parade
  • Baby Parade
  • Bands & Youth Organizations Parade
  • Pet Parade
  • Lodges, Civil, & Fraternal Organizations Parade
  • Ohio Festival & Events Association Queens Parade

There’s plenty of parades at the Pumpkin Show, so try to catch them all at the next one!

Musical Performances

Country, blues, rock; what more could you want?

Just as food is a staple for a great festival, so is music. The Pumpkin Show boasts a full line-up of great performances, and some of 2017’s featured artists were The Kenny Valentine Band, Gunsmoke, Mother Hubbard, and The Rainey’s. The festival has some faith and gospel performances if that’s more your speed, and high school bands make their appearances too. There’s no shortage of great musical content, and there’s always a concert going on somewhere at the festival, so follow the sound of the music to your next favorite band.

man playing guitar
Rock out or sing along to your favorites!

If all of this wasn’t enough to get you excited to attend the next Pumpkin Show, there’s also comedy shows, pumpkin pie eating contests, gourd art, and more. If you love pumpkins (or festivals in general), food, fun, and great family memories, make sure you're ready for next year's!

But wait! There's more!

Santa's Roundtown Christmas Parade

If you’re ready for the end of pumpkins and autumn, break out your candy canes and ugly sweaters, because Santa’s coming to Circleville for the annual Santa’s Roundtown Christmas Parade. The Circleville DBA will be rolling out the details soon, so keep an eye on more holiday festivities coming to Circleville, Ohio!

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