From Wednesday, Oct. 18 through Friday, Oct. 20, people from all over the state of Ohio, and many surrounding areas flocked to Circleville to attend the famous Annual Pumpkin Show. Over 400,000 people in total made their way to the small downtown streets of Circleville to take part in Ohio’s oldest and largest festival. The 2017 event marked the 111th year of the Circleville Pumpkin Show, with the first ever show taking place in 1903 as a way to bring together both city and county folk, by displaying home grown produce from local farms in the streets of Downtown Circleville. This year’s celebration took place across 8 city blocks, welcomed 300 food and craft booths, 30 amusement rides, 40 parade floats, and 50 bands.
The main street of the Pumpkin Show displayed over 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, with the 2017 First Place Pumpkin weighing in at 1,701 pounds.
The Pumpkin Show offered visitors a little taste of everything pumpkin, ranging from pumpkin pie, to pumpkin sloppy joes, and everything in between. Although the celebration takes place in Circleville, Ohio in Pickaway County, attending the Annual Pumpkin Show is a yearly tradition for many Scioto County residents. Multiple local businesses as well make their way to Circleville and set up booths to recruit new customers.
Lucy Webb, of McDermott, Ohio attended the Annual Circleville Pumpkin Show for the first time this year, and was pleasantly surprised with her experience. “This was my first ever visit to the Pumpkin Show, and I really wish I would have started coming here years ago,” said Webb. “It’s nice to see such a large and exciting event happening in another small Ohio town and seeing people from across the state coming together here to celebrate the fall season. I’m glad I got to experience the show this year, and I’m already looking forward to coming back for the 2018 show.”
The Circleville Pumpkin Show, which is referred to as the “greatest free show on earth,” will be back next year and will run from Wednesday, Oct. 17 to Saturday, Oct. 20 as a four-day event.
Reach: Ivy Potter (740) 353-3101 Extension 1932