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Circleville Pumkin Show, Circleville, OH, Oct 20-23, 2010

October 20-23, 2010. 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.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2010
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Tuesday Night Preview - Concessions & Rides
7:00 PM Bicentennial Parade
Circleville - Pickaway Visitors Pavilion
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
Main Street Stage
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Bicentennial Community Choir Concert
8:00 PM - 10:00 PM Seth Gibson – Light Rock/Pop

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH, 2010
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
Circleville - Pickaway Visitors Pavilion
11:00 AM - 12:45 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Pet Training Demonstration by Circleville Pet Services
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM Charmion Performing Arts Center Dance Demo
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
5:00 PM - 5:30 PM Jazzercise Demonstration
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Giant Pumpkin Sculpting by Gus the Squash Carver
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Circleville Pumpkin Show Band Concert
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM John Beck and Ruth Holt – Chair Caning
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM Dave Anders - Ornamental Metal Art
Main Street Stage
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Little Miss Pumpkin Show Judging
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Michaela Williams - Country
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Miss Pumpkin Show Judging
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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21ST, 2010
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
Circleville - Pickaway Visitors Pavilion
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM Slate Run Living Historical Farm Demonstration
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Fashion Show presented by Maurices
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Pet Training Demonstration by Circleville Pet Services
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Graham Irish Dancing
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Circleville High School Jazz Band
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Tribute to Ted Lewis
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Jack Pine – Blown Glass Pumpkins
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Waldena Hendrix - Pine Needle Baskets
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Anna Allen - Corn Husk Dolls
Main Street Stage
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Sterling Bluegrass Boys - Bluegrass
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM YMCA Dance Academy
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM Timothy Paul - Country
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Egg Toss Competition
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM Mother Hubbard - Classic Rock
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Mother Outlaw - Country
Pickaway – Franklin Street Stage
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Seth Gibson - Light rock/pop
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
Pinckney Street Stage
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM Big Wheel Race
West Pinckney Street Stage
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Band Concerts

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22ND, 2010
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM PARADE – Pet Parade
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM PARADE – Parade of Fraternal & Civic Organizations
Circleville - Pickaway Visitors Pavilion
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Columbus Zoo Show
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Charmion Performing Arts Center Dance Demo
3:00 PM - 4:45 PM The Pick of Ohio Video Showcase
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Teays River Cloggers
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Pumpkin Show Band Concert
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Cinda Justice – Rug Hooking
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM JoAnn Azbell - Easy Quilted Table Runner
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Patsy Artrip – Pumpkin Show Story Time for Kids
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Patsy Artrip – Whittling/Wood Carving
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 Simple Harvest Band - Country
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM Rockin' After Midnight - Classic Rock
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Country Live Performers - Sponsored by AEP
Pickaway – Franklin Street Stage
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Silver Sneakers of the Pickaway YMCA
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Acme Music with John LaFollette - Oldies
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Pet Parade Judging
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Silent Worship - Sign Language
Pinckney Street Stage
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Band Concert

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 23RD, 2010
9:00 AM Circleville Pumpkin Show Classic 5 Mile Run (CHS)
8:00 PM - 9:00 PM PARADE - Queen's Parade
Circleville - Pickaway Visitors Pavilion
11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Graham School of Irish Dancing
11:45 AM - 12:45 PM The Presbyterian Handbell & Chime Choir Concert
12:00 PM - 6:00 PM Giant Pumpkin Sculpting by Gus the Squash Carver
1:00 PM - 1:45 PM Seth Gibson
2:00 PM - 2:45 PM Jackson, Hill & Brown
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM The Raineys
4:00 PM - 4:45 PM Tony Ellis & Liz Amos
5:00 PM - 5:45 PM Pickaway Brass
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Adelphi Community Band
Craft Demonstrations – 159 E. Franklin Street (Rear)
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Jerry Issac – Laser Wood Carving
Main Street Stage
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM Frontline Music Ministry – Circleville Nazarene
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest (Age 15 and under)
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM Bicentennial Tribute with Don Ervin and Company
4:45 PM - 5:30 PM Mike Niehaus – Ventriloquist & Magician
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Hog Calling Contest (Age 16 and up)
7:30 PM - 8:00 PM Simba Jordan Band - Country
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Simba Jordan Band - Country
Pickaway – Franklin Street Stage
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM Mike Niehaus – Ventriloquist & Magician
1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Michelle Martin - Country
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Kingston Kickers
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM Open Mic Karaoke
9:00 PM - 10:30 PM Open Mic Karaoke
Pinckney Street Stage
6:15 PM - 6:45 PM Concert - Dynamic Mention Drum Corp.
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