It’s that time of year again, when people from all over Ohio come to our small town of Circleville, Ohio to celebrate our community and our local agriculture at the Circleville Pumpkin Show; The Greatest Free Show on Earth! The Pumpkin Show is held towards the end of October and is the sixth largest festival in the United States. Schools in the area, including McDowell, close for most of the week so we can go to the Pumpkin Show. The Pumpkin Show is a huge event for such a small town like Circleville. If you want to know more about the Pumpkin Show, grab a pumpkin doughnut and keep reading!
The reason the Pumpkin Show is called the Greatest Free Show on Earth is because, you don’t have to pay an admission fee. Not everything at the Show is free though. You have to pay to get food if you want it and you have to pay to play games and ride rides. But that is all you have to pay for. Everything else is free. The streets are packed with food booths selling every kind of food you could imagine. Burgers, pizza, hot dogs, noodles, and everything in between. But of course, this is the Pumpkin Show, so there is a variety of pumpkin foods. Pumpkin pies, pumpkin burgers, pumpkin doughnuts are all sold at the Show. There is a huge tower made of pumpkins right at the heart of the Show and the world famous Pumpkin Pie from Lindsey’s Bakery. The pie is giant and is one of the main attractions at the Show. Another main attraction is the pumpkin weigh in where local people grow huge pumpkins and whoever has the heaviest pumpkin wins. There are craft and art contests that you can enter, for all ages. There are lots of rides and games like the Ferris Wheel, the Music Express, and games where you can shoot baskets to win prizes. There are noon and evening parades as well. At noon are parades like the pet parade, the baby parade and Little Miss Pumpkin Show, where many of the 1st grade girls in the area dress up and ride through the parade on a car and later on go through judging where Little Miss Pumpkin Show is crowned. The evening parades include Miss Pumpkin Show, where 11th and 12th grade representatives from all the local schools are chosen and ride through the parade on cars and are later on crowned after judging, the band of parades which has featured the Ohio State Marching Band many times, and the parade of queens which is all the queens of the local festivals.
The Pumpkin Show started in 1903 when the mayor of Circleville at that time decided he wanted a “small exhibit” in front of his house. He decorated it with corn and small jack-o-lanterns and thought it looked like a “pumpkin show”. Soon neighborhood merchants joined in and this idea grew. Eventually a merry go round was placed on the street. After a few years, the Pumpkin Show was made into an actual festival to unite the community and celebrate their agriculture.
The Pumpkin Show is a really important part of our community and has made our town so much better over the years. The Show starts this week, so, Happy Pumpkin Show!