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Bessemer to hold 39th annual Pumpkin Festival Sept. 27


Ian Minielly/Daily Globe

TIS THE season for Jack O' Lanterns, fall colors and Pumpkinfest 2017 in Bessemer. The welcome signs are adorned with pumpkins, reminding passers-by what season it is and what is coming to Bessemer Sept. 27- Oct. 1. The full lineup of activities are available at

BESSEMER - The 39th Annual Bessemer Pumpkin Festival is coming. Pumpkinfest offers something for the entire family. The festival begins on Wednesday, Sept. 27, with "Business after Five" at the Pit Stop Bar & Grill. According to Donna Frello, co-chairwoman, this is a wonderful opportunity for business leaders to network in a social atmosphere.

The Pumpkinfest committee is proud to partner with the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) and Bessemer Branding Committee for the "Big Reveal" of Bessemer's new branding logo. This highly anticipated event takes place on Thursday, Sept. 28, at 6:45 p.m. at the Ethnic Commons Park. Music precedes the event at 6 p.m. at the Park and again following the event at TroutLilly Art & Design on Sophie Street.

Frello said the generosity of area businesses is making the carnival rides free on Friday evening and all-day Saturday.

Many traditional events return along with several new ones. Saturday begins with a hearty breakfast at the Knights of Columbus-sponsored Pumpkin Pancake breakfast at St. Sebastian School. Antique cars and tractors will be in full view as the Klassic Kruiser's Car Club and Superior Tired Iron Tractor Club show off their vintage cars and equipment before the tractor pull at noon.

Crafters will show off their homemade items at the AD Johnston High School gym while numerous vendors and food booths line Sophie Street. Other returning favorites include the kiddie parade, pony rides and petting zoo, pet costume contest, pie social with entertainment by the Gogebic Range Band, and Twinklz and Slow Poke da Clown. Skippy and Dave return for their 33rd consecutive year. Eddo Maki entertains the crowd with classic rock and country music later that afternoon.

For spectacular views of the fall colors, the Copper Peak Adventure Ride will be open all weekend.

Festivities conclude on Sunday, Oct. 1, with a dinner and silent auction at the Bessemer VFW from 4 – 7 p.m. The 50/50 and geocache winners will be announced at 6 p.m.

A complete schedule of events and last-minute updates can be found at or on the event Facebook page at Bessemer Pumpkinfest.

Please contact Frello at 906-663-0237 or Annette Lillie at 906-365-1271 with any questions.


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