The Circleville Pumpkin Show

If you live in Ohio and you’re the first one in line for all things pumpkin spice, then there’s a small-town festival in Ohio you need to know about to get your pumpkin fix. Whether you love carving pumpkins or just enjoying the fun food-related items they are baked in to, you’ll love The Circleville Pumpkin Show.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show in Circleville, Ohio takes over the town with pumpkin-flavored everything and is practically a way of life for many this fall season.  It’s a 3-day event featuring more than 12,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds coloring the streets. Along with incredible delicious fall treats, you’ll experience plenty of events including a giant pumpkin weigh-in, spotting the world’s largest pumpkin pie, live music including bluegrass and southern rock, and parades galore. This year’s festival takes place on October 16-19, and is expected to have more than 400,000 visitors to attend. Learn more about why it’s the greatest Pumpkin Show on earth.

Taste All the Pumpkin Flavored Food You Can Imagine

When we say there will be pumpkin everything, we mean EVERYTHING! From beloved pumpkin pies, ice creams, bread, drinks, and to the unexpected treats, such as pumpkin pizza, pumpkin burgers, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin chili. While you’re here, you’ll want to stop at Lindsey’s Bakery where the line is (literally) out the door for their famous pumpkin donuts and viewing the world’s largest pumpkin pie. Lindsey’s Bakery has held the record for the world’s largest pumpkin pie for more than 40 years. In 2005, the bakery made a pie that measured 18-ft., taking the world record! 

See The World’s Largest Pumpkins

The festival is known for its Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In contest open to visitors. Here you’ll encounter some of the most massive pumpkins you’ve ever seen. The pumpkins entered in the competition are trucked in, one at a time, and offloaded with heavy equipment. You’ll find massive pumpkins weighing in from 400-500 pounds all around. The record of the biggest pumpkin, so far, tipped the scales at 1,607 pounds. Let’s see if someone can break this record in 2019!

Spectacular Events

Events at the Circleville Pumpkin Show include a daily parade, a pumpkin pie eating contest, Miss Pumpkin beauty pageant, pumpkin sculpting, a hog calling contest, and a variety of craft demonstrations. Enjoy all the events while listening to the stage performing music groups ranging from country pop to gospel, jazz, rock, and youth bands. Regardless of the many activities vying for your attention, the main theme of pumpkins never wanders far from your mind.

If you’re counting down the days to the event, remember that festivities begin at 5:00 PM on October 16 and end on October 19. Getting to Circleville is easy- it’s just off of Route 23 about twenty miles south of Columbus. Before you even see the signs, you’ll recognize the water tower painted like a pumpkin—stem and all. For those who can’t make it to Circleville this year, you can peak at the events via the Pumpkin Festival Webcam. To schedule your visit to the day or days of favorite activities call 740-474-7000 or check out the full calendar of events.

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