Pumpkin Festival Buildup


Pet Show
Kari McGee and Christi Stephen chair the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival Pet Show, Saturday, September 28, on the Central Stage.
Registration begins at 10 a.m.  and the contest begins at 10:30 a.m. Categories include: smallest; best hometown pride (Pumpkin or Shamrocks); largest; most unusual; owner/pet dress- alike; and best tricks.
An overall champion will be chosen from the category winners and they will receive a trophy. Second and third-place entries earn a ribbon and participation ribbons are given to all contestants.
For more information, call Kari McGee at (740) 425-4034 or Christi Stephen at (740) 425-2218.
Last year’s winners were: Best of Show: Ronnie Duvall; Largest – Mindi Wehr; Smallest – Rilee Lucas; Best Tricks – Ashlyn Gordon; Hometown Pride – Christina Patel; Most unusual – Mindy Wehr; Pet Owner Look-alike – Ronnie Duvall
Overall Trophy Sponsored by Barnesville- Woodsfield Veterinary Services

Pumpkin Festival Home Decorating Contest
It’s the 50th Annual Pumpkin Festival so let’s showcase our homes and let visitors know how proud we are of our small town and the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival. Barnesville residents and those residing within one mile of the village limits are eligible for judging.  Decorations may be in any location on the exterior of the home and or lawn and must be in place by 9 a.m. on Thursday, September 26,.  To ensure your home gets judged, please pre-register by calling Chairperson Carolyn Stephen at 679-2407 (home) or at Barnesville Do It Best 425-1949.  
Decorations should reflect 50 years of the Pumpkin Festival with a fall theme.  Halloween characters and pumpkins with faces included as part of display will not be considered  for judging.  Judging will be performed by the Barnesville High School Art Club.  This contest is sponsored by Freebird Motoworx.

Professional Building and Grounds Contest
The professional building and grounds decorating contest is again sponsored by Two Stack Bar-b-ue. The contest rewards Barnesville businesses for their creativity and enthusiasm for the Pumpkin Festival.  It’s the 50th Annual Pumpkin Festival so let’s make Barnesville shine.  Businesses, show the visitors how proud we are of our small town.  Let’s do our town proud.
Decorations should be an autumn theme with 50 years in mind and must be in place by Wednesday, September 25.  Registrations is required for judging.  To register, please contact Chairperson Carolyn Stephen at 679-2407 (home) or at Barnesville Do It Best 425-1949.  Judging will take place on Thursday, September 26, at 10 a.m.  First, Second and Third places will be awarded.  Sponsored by Two Stack Bar-b-que.

Banjo, fiddle, mandolin and open class contest Sept. 29
The banjo, fiddle, mandolin and open class contest will be held at the Barnesville Pumpkin Festival on Sunday, Sept. 29 on the Central Stage. Registration begins at 1 p.m. and the contest starts at 2 p.m. There is no entry fee. Trophies, gift certificates and cash prizes will be awarded. Bring your instrument and join in the fun.

Pie Eating Contest
Pie eaters, get ready for the great Peter Pumpkin Pie eaters contest Thursday, Sept. 26 at 6 p.m.  No hands allowed. Age categories are 5-8, 9-15  and adults. Mmmm good.  Those with questions may call Tiny Reed.

Pie Baking Contest
Everyone is welcome to come and enter your pumpkin pie in the Great Pie Baking Contest.  Pumpkin pies are the only kind to bring.  This year, first place will receive a pie plate from Pottery Maker Luke Johnson, made from Luke’s own pottery collection.   Second and third place will also win prizes.  Registration will be Thursday, Sept. 26 from 4 - 5 p.m.  Those with questions may call Tiny Reed.

Hog Calling Contest
The time has come once again to call the hogs.  This year the trophy is donated by the “Hog” Harley Davidson of Morristown.  Loudness, Originality and Crowd Participation will be the categories.  Age categories are 5-8, 9-15 and 16-adults.  The contest will be held Saturday,  at 6 p.m.  Those with questions should call Tiny Reed.

Barnesville window displays reflect the Pumpkin  Festival spirit
A visit to the Pumpkin Festival is not complete without walking up and down the street, talking to friends and people you pass while browsing the window displays.   
This year the categories are:  antiques, children, collectibles, crafts, merchants and new this year to mark the Festival’s 50 years, a “pumpkin memories” category.  Take a relaxing walk and choose your favorite display and see if you agree with the judges.  Those who create the window displays always put a lot of time and thought into making the windows perfect for the browsers to enjoy.
Windows should be completed by Monday night, September 23, and ready for judging on Tuesday, September 24.  For more information, contact Cindy Ward at 740-296-3646.
The contest is sponsored by AAA Ohio Auto Club, St. Clairsville.
The 2012 winners were:
Best of Show Overall:  Fairy Gardens by Marlene Rockwell (Antiques on the Main window);  Best of Show Merchant Trophy: Eclectic 601;  Merchant winners:  1st place - Eclectic 601, 2nd place - Bless Your Heart Folk Art;  Antiques: 1st place – Eclectic 601; 2nd place – Antique Mall right window;  Collectibles: 1st place – Fairy Gardens; 2nd place – Alice Hall’s White Hobnail glass; Children’s:  1st place – Brian Gallagher’s Breyer Horse collection; 2nd place – Queen display; Crafts:  1st place – Bless Your Heart Folk Art; 2nd place – Blossoms.

 Past Pumpkin Festival Queens sought
The Barnesville Pumpkin Festival is still looking for past festival queens.  If anyone has any info about these ladies listed below please contact Marlene Rockwell at 740-391-7264 or fruitoflif@comcast.net: 1971 Kathy Kocsis, 1972 Cay Campbell, 1973 Debbie Starkey, 1974 Judy George, 1977 Anna Palmer, 1978 Kim Crock, 1981 Kelly Lucas, 1982 Teresa Wakulchi, 1984 Yolanda Lyons, 1986 Terry Hayes, 1987 Tammy Wolfe, 1988 Nicole Zesiger, 1990 Christy Blaney, 1991 Lisa Balough, 1992 Lesley Beck, 2000 Shaylee Pickens, 2002 Mary Magyar.

Corner Pharmacy Continues Sponsorship of Pumpkin Festival 5k
 Corner Pharmacy is proud to once again announce its sponsorship of the 33rd Annual Pumpkin Festival 5k Run & Walk to be held on Saturday, September 28 at 8:30am at the historic Watt Center. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m.
All pre-registered runners and walkers receive a race bag and an athletic mesh shirt.
Once you've conquered the course (only one hill!), come and enjoy the BIGGEST SMORGASBOARD of food you will find at most any 5k anywhere: three types of pizza, two kinds of subs, homemade sandwiches, and of course, Hollie's Cookie Hut's famous homemade cookies!
We proudly offer nearly 70 exclusive, unique, beautiful, one-of-a-kind, ceramic-fired pumpkin trophies that you will find nowhere else. We also have nearly 90 ceramic-fired pumpkin medallions (NOT a cheap medal!)
After the race, stick around and bring the family to see all that Barnesville's famous Pumpkin Festival has to offer: great food, entertainment, rides, crafts, games, contests, and much, much more going on all weekend. So come and be a part of one of the biggest Pumpkin Festivals in the country! For more information about the Festival Events, check out the website: www.BarnesvillePumpkinFestival.com
For more information, contact Carl A. Kondrach, Race Director (740)619-0070/ (740)310-2117 carlkondrach@yahoo.com
Applications and other info may be viewed at www.RailsToTrails5k.com You may register online at: www.TheRaceDeal.com
Proceeds benefit the Barnesville Schools Cheerleaders and the Rails-to-Trails Project.


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