At McDowell we do not have to attend school for 3 days. Why? We get off school because of the Circleville Pumpkin Show! The Circleville Pumpkin show started on October, 17th and ended on October, 20th. At the Pumpkin Show we have a large variety of parades. Some of these include: the Little Miss Pumpkin Show Parade, Miss Pumpkin Show Parade, Baby Parade and the Pet Parade. The Pumpkin Show attracts over 400,000 people and these parades are one of the reasons.
Another reason we get 400,000 people is because of the amazing food. Since it’s the “Pumpkin Show” there are a lot of different “pumpkin” flavored foods. Some of these include: Pumpkin Burgers, Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Blossoms, Pumpkin Ice Cream, Pumpkin Waffles and lots more. There’re also regular foods like shredded chicken, Wisconsin Cheese curds, Meatball Stromboli and more.
Regular pumpkin pies are sold everywhere, but at the Pumpkin Show we have the World’s Largest Pumpkin pie! The pie is 14 feet in diameter and is made with 360 pounds of sugar, 795 pounds of pumpkin, 60 lbs. of powdered milk, 60 dozen eggs, 75 gallons of water, 400 lbs. of flour, 15 people to mix, and 10 hours to bake. Every year a lot of people visit the World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie and that’s another reason for the very large turn out.
Along with the great food there’re amazing rides. The lines can be long sometimes but it’s worth the wait. Some of these rides include: the Ferris Wheel, Bumper cars, the Pirate ship and the Zipper. There are also rides that are more for younger children and families. The rides are open all four days and I’d recommend getting an all day pass to have more fun and to spend less money.
At the Pumpkin Show there are also a lot of games. These games range from throwing a ring onto a cane or popping a balloon with a dart. When you’re done with the games there is also live music, 400 food booths, games, and craft vendors. The Pumpkin Show covers nine city blocks. We always have a large turnout and it gets larger every year.
This year made the 112th annual Pumpkin Show. The Pumpkin Show takes up nine city blocks! On a few of the nine city blocks there are beautiful murals with paintings of Pumpkin Show over the years. In these pictures you might be able to see a bunch of pumpkins scattered across tables. Those pumpkins get brought in by people who have spent a long time waiting for that big pumpkin to grow. Once we get the pumpkins in we have to weigh them. This year at the Pumpkin Show the largest pumpkin weighed 1,607 pounds!
To go along with all of the amazing things already at the Pumpkin Show, the Pumpkin Show is in the middle of adding a Pumpkin Show Park! The Pumpkin show park will include a Side Stage, a Porta Jon Structure, a Built In Bench, Tables with Seats (built in), Trash Receptacles, and a Bike Rack. All of these features together will cost $23,750 to build. The park will be a great addition to the Pumpkin Show itself and it will be open to everyone.
The Pumpkin Show will be a huge success, and it has been for 112 years! I think it will continue growing and draw more and more people every year. People from all over come to enjoy the Pumpkin Show. The new Pumpkin Show park will be a great new addition and it will definitely draw more people. I hope whoever is reading this will be able to come enjoy the Pumpkin Show one day as well.