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Circleville Pumpking Show, Circleville Ohio, October 20-24, 2009

October 20-24, 2009. Admission is FREE!

This far famed and unique agricultural exhibit and street fair had its humble origin in October, 1903, when George R. Haswell, then Mayor of Circleville, and superintendent of the water works, conceived the idea of holding a small exhibit in front of his place on West Main Street. Corn fodder and pumpkins (many of them cut into Jack-O-Lanterns) formed the principal decorations, and were responsible for it being dubbed "the pumpkin show". On the following year Mr. Haswell was joined by some enterprising neighborhood merchants and the exhibition grew steadily in its scope, interest and attendance. The first merry-go-round was set up at the corner of Main and Scioto Streets for the 1905 show.

Later a permanent organization (of which the Mayor is always president in honor of the founder) made up entirely of volunteers, resolved to hold an annual Pumpkin Show on the streets of Circleville for the purpose of maintaining and promoting a more friendly relationship with the patrons and visitors of the community, and to further promote and extend agricultural pursuit and to award premiums for the display of grain, fruits and vegetables, school displays, and such other displays that are best calculated to promote the best interests of Circleville and Pickaway County.

Every alert to keep the Pumpkin Show fair, clean and above reproach in every respect has contributed largely to its becoming the sixth largest festival in the United States with an annual attendance in four days and nights of over 300,000 persons and its claim to being the "GREATEST FREE SHOW ON EARTH" as no admission charge or entry fee is made.

On August 8, 1946 a non-profit corporation, the Circleville Pumpkin Show, Inc., was formed for the operation of the Pumpkin Show and any profits to be derived from the Show was to be used for the betterment of the citizens and several thousands of dollars have been turned over to the City of Circleville for community projects. The Circleville Pumpkin Show receives no subsidy or support and must operate on income and donations and is entirely self-supporting, even to the point of reimbursing the City of Circleville for the additional expense of extra police duty and all extra duty help employed by the City for the purpose of conducting the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

No special recognition is given any individual or group of individuals as the success of the Show is due to complete cooperation of everyone in Circleville and the Pickaway County area. The Circleville Pumpkin Show really is best explained by the Third Article of the Constitution which reads as follows:

"The purpose or purposes for which said corporation is formed are: To provide for and hold an annual Pumpkin Show upon the streets of Circleville, Ohio, and to promote and encourage fellowship among patrons, visitors, and citizens of the community, and to promote the general welfare of agriculture, manufacturing, and mercantile interests of the City and surrounding territory and to demonstrate the resources of Pickaway County, and for such other purposes as may be incident to and to all things reasonably necessary and proper to carry out said purposes."

It is the plans of the Circleville Pumpkin Show Inc. to perpetuate the Show as an annual affair, to improve features each year as interest and finances permit, and to keep our slogan "THE GREATEST FREE SHOW ON EARTH" a reality.

2009 SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

T u e s d a y , O c t o b e r  2 0 t h , 2 0 0 9
5:00 PM-10:00 PM Tuesday Night Preview - Concessions & Rides
Main Street Stage
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM After Midnight – Classic Rock
Circleville – Pickaway Visitors Pavilion
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM X-Perience Music with Marty Hayes & Students
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Circleville Pumpkin Show Band Concert


We d n e s d a y , O c t o b e r  2 1 s t , 2 0 0 9
8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Foresman Chimes – Courthouse
9:00 AM – 9:15 AM Opening Ceremony – Court & Main St.
9:15 AM Giant Pumpkin Weigh In – Court & Main St.
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PARADE – Little Miss Pumpkin Show
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM PARADE – Miss Pumpkin Show
Main Street Stage
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM Little Miss Pumpkin Show Judging
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Jimmy Hensley – Country
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Miss Pumpkin Show Judging
Circleville-Pickaway Visitors Pavilion Presented by the Pickaway County Farm Bureau
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Bicycle Adventures by Diane & Hap Eaton
1:00 PM – 8:00 PM Giant Pumpkin Sculpting by Gus the Squash Carver
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Pet Training Demonstration by Circleville Pet Services
2:00 PM – 4:30 PM Muralist Eric Henn Print Signing and Presentation
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Story Time presented by the Pickaway County Library
4:30 PM – 5:15 PM Jeff Craig: Hidden Ohio Presentation
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Circleville Pumpkin Show Band Concert
7:15PM – 8:00 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
Pickaway – Franklin Street Stage
6:45 PM – 7:00 PM Circleville High School Cheerleaders
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Circleville High School Band Concert
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Judy Sims – Gourd Weaving
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM David Heyer – Making and Finishing Country Furniture


T h u r s d a y , O c t o b e r  2 2 n d , 2 0 0 9
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM Baby Judging – Everts Middle School Gym
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PARADE – Baby Parade
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM PARADE –Parade of Bands
Main Street Stage
11:30 AM – 12:00 PM YMCA Dance Academy
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Family Heritage - Gospel
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Egg Toss Competition
5:45 PM – 6:30 PM Ashley Everts - Country
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Simba Jordan - Country
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Mother Hubbard - Classic Rock
Pinckney Street Stage
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Big Wheel Race
West Pinckney Street Stage
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM High School Band Concerts
Circleville-Pickaway Visitors Pavilion Presented by the Pickaway County Farm Bureau
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Fashion Show presented by Maurices
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Pet Training Demonstration by Circleville Pet Services
1:00 PM – 6:00 PM Slate Run Living Historical Farm Demonstration
2:00 PM – 2:45 PM Graham Irish Dancing
3:00 PM – 3:30 PM Storytime, presented by the Pickaway County Library
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Circleville High School Jazz Band
5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Jazzercise Demonstration with Leslie Hatfield
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM Rooster’s Wing Eating Contest
Pickaway – Franklin Street Stage
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM David Paul Sherman – Christian Country
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Avalon Nine
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM Baby Parade Winners Announced
6:15 PM – 6:45 PM Logan Elm High School Band Concert
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Westfall High School Band Concert
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Jack Pine – Blown Glass Pumpkins
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM Steve Spicer & Robert Sneed – Stained Glass
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Mark Clark – Weave a Rug With What? A Toothbrush!


F r i d a y , O c t o b e r  2 3 r d , 2 0 0 9
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM PARADE – Pet Parade
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM PARADE – Parade of Fraternal & Civic Organizations
Giant Pumpkin Display
11:00 AM Nancy Martin Prettiest Pumpkin Award
Main Street Stage
11:00 AM – 1:30 PM Stand Up ‘n Sing Finals
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Austin Hicks - Country
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Don Ervin - Vocalist
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Rewind – Classic Rock
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Country Live Performers – Sponsored by AEP
Circleville-Pickaway Visitors Pavilion Presented by the Pickaway County Farm Bureau
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Columbus Zoo Show
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Charmion Performing Arts Center Dance Demonstration
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Our Ohio Cooking Demonstration with Marilou Suszko
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Pumpkin Show Band Concert
7:15 PM – 8:00 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
Pickaway – Franklin Street Stage
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Silver Sneakers of the Pickaway YMCA
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Pet Parade Judging
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM Silent Worship
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Leona Powers – Quilt Paper Piecing
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM Anna Allen – Corn Husk Dolls
3:30 PM – 5:00 PM Waldena Hendrix – Pine Needle Baskets
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Heather Green – Clay Sculpture


S a t u r d a y , O c t o b e r  2 4 t h , 2 0 0 9
9:00 AM Circleville Pumpkin Show Classic 5 Mile Run (CHS)
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM PARADE – QUEEN’S PARADE
Main Street Stage
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Mike Niehaus – Ventriloquist & Magician
12:15 PM – 12:45 PM Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest (Under Age 16)
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM Bronson Lee - Rock
4:00 PM – 5:00 PM Cadillac Jack – Barbershop Quartet
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Hog Calling Contest (Age 16 and up)
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM Side by Side – Gospel Quartet
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Jacked Up - Country
Circleville-Pickaway Visitors Pavilion Presented by the Pickaway County Farm Bureau
10:00 AM – 11:00 AM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Our Ohio Cooking Demonstration with Marilou Suszko
12:00 PM – 6:00 PM Giant Pumpkin Sculpting by Gus the Squashcarver
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM The Presbyterian Handbell & Chime Choir Concert
1:15 PM – 2:00 PM Graham Irish Dancing Demonstration
2:30 PM – 3:15 PM Teays River Cloggers & The Fun Bunch
3:45 PM – 4:30 PM Tony Ellis & Alex Vargo
5:00 PM – 5:45 PM The Raineys
6:00 PM – 6:45 PM The Pickaway Brass
7:00 PM – 7:30 PM Adelphi Community Band
Pickaway – Franklin Street Stage
11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Kingston Kickers
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM Take Three – Pop & Soft Rock
1:15 PM – 3:15 PM Steel Away – Steel & Pan Drums
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM Mike Niehaus – Ventriloquist & Magician
5:00 PM – 6:30 PM Open Mic Karaoke
9:00 PM – 10:30 PM Open Mic Karaoke
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM Jerry Issac – LASER-the future of Woodworking
1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Ed Morrow and the Central Ohio Weavers’ Guild

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