Houses to be decorated for Pumpkin Show


BRADFORD — With a theme of “Red, White, and Blue: American Heroes,” the 89th annual Pumpkin Show will be preceded by a Property and House Decorating competition on Oct. 8. All Bradford residents are encouraged to enter.

There are two themes in the contest — “Salute to America,” which can feature anything patriotic, historical, and red, white and blue; and “Fantastic Fall,” which encompasses anything related to the fall season, including Halloween, harvest, etc.

Three winners will be chosen in each division and receive $100 apiece. A People’s Choice award, also $100, will be given; votes for People’s Choice can be cast at Patty’s IGA, where free cider and donuts will be available, courtesy of the Pumpkin Show committee. A random drawing for $89 will be held for all entries not receiving another prize.

All participants must be registered in their chosen category by Sept. 20. There will be no changing of category after that date. To register for the contest,call Glenna Curry at (937) 448-2897 or Rita Lees at (937) 901-3758.

Entries must meet the following criteria:

  • Must use live pumpkins in the dispel
  • Must be lit for nighttime viewing
  • Must be lit every night of the festival
  • Entry number must be displayed for viewing

Entries will be judged on neatness, originality and creativity, appropriateness to the theme, and overall appeal

Winners will be notified by 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 9, and awards placed on display. Winners can pick up their awards at the secretary’s trailer after Wednesday, Oct. 11.

The Pumpkin Show will be chock-full of other activities including a pumpkin-decorating contest, Diaper Derby, Prince and Princess Pageant, cooking competitions, contest for Miss Pumpkin Queen and Little Miss and Master Pumpkin, craft and car shows, kiddie tractor pull and so much more. The midway will feature games, rides, crafts, concessions and merchandise.

During this five-day event, enjoy one of the many parades that take place while indulging your taste buds with pumpkin ice cream, corn on the cob, and many other tasty treats. For a full schedule of events, visit the aforementioned website.

A new feature will be the Gratitude event for all first responders, firefighters, highway patrol, police, rescue, and veterans. The event will be held at noon Sunday, Oct. 8. Call Glenna Curry for more details.

Contest set for Oct. 8

Staff reports