Circleville Pumpkin Show

From Ohio History Central
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This aerial view of the city of Circleville was taken during the 1968 Pumpkin Festival. George R. Haswell, mayor of Circleville, held the first "pumpkin show" in the city in 1903. The show expanded and in 1949 the non-profit group Circleville Pumpkin Show, Inc. was established to manage it. In addition to displays of pumpkins and other agricultural crops, the Circleville Pumpkin Festival has grown to include pageants for Miss Pumpkin and Little Miss Pumpkin, and contests for baking, pie-eating, and hog-calling. Parades, rides and concerts are also part of the festival, held the third week of October. The slide measures 2" x 2" (5.08 x 5.08 cm).

Since 1903, Circleville, Ohio has been the home of the Circleville Pumpkin Show. The festival occurs annually and begins on the third Wednesday of October.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show provides a showcase for Ohio farmers and their products. In 2007, the Circleville Pumpkin Show was the sixth largest festival held in the United States. The event attracts more than 300,000 people a year. Originally, the festival covered three city blocks in Circleville. The festivities currently occur over eight city blocks. In addition to farm products, the festival typically has between two and three dozen rides, as well as various parades, games, and musical entertainers. A number of food vendors also attend the Pumpkin Show.  Show organizers estimated that twenty-three thousand pumpkin pies and more than 100,000 pumpkin doughnuts were sold in 2006 during the four-day festival.

Since organizers charge no admission fee, the Circleville Pumpkin Festival has become known as the "Greatest Free Show on Earth." People from at least thirty-four states and thirteen countries have attended the festival in recent years.