Annual pumpkin show continues


Events set through Saturday

By Sam Wildow - swildow@dailycall.com



Sam Wildow | Daily Call Blake Aultman of the Bradford-Greenville area poses with his children Kinley (middle) and Keegan (right) and their 336 lb. pumpkin at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Parents prepare their children for the first division of the Pumpkin Diaper Derby at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Casey Spurgeon tries to entice his son Lincoln to crawl toward him during the first division of the Pumpkin Diaper Derby at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Shawn Peeples of Bradford encourages his daughter, Sunny, to run toward her mother, Holly, during the Pumpkin City Run at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.


Sam Wildow | Daily Call Sunny Peeples of Bradford runs toward her mother, Holly, during the Pumpkin City Run at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.


BRADFORD — It was a family affair at the Bradford Pumpkin Show this year, kicking off the festivities with a Pumpkin Diaper Derby and Pumpkin City Run this week and leading to Little Miss and Master Pumpkin and a kiddie tractor pull.

Cooper Cano, 11 months old, the son of Kylie Petitjean and Josh Cano of Arcanum, was the winner of the first division of the Pumpkin Diaper Derby.

“It was pretty cool,” Josh Cano said.

“It was a late start, but he won the race,” Petitjean said.

Over at the Pumpkin City Run, Sunny Peeples ran from her father, Shawn, to her mother, Holly, to win the first division of that race.

Pumpkins themselves also brought families together at the festival.

Blake Aultman and his family, of the Greenville-Bradford area, were at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival passing on the tradition of pumpkin-growing and local festivities to the next generation to Aultman’s two kids, Keegan and Kinley.

The Aultmans were second place winners in the heaviest pumpkin contest, with their pumpkin weighing in at 336 pounds.

It was a family project when they planted around 10 pumpkin seeds in late May. As the pumpkin began to form, it grew approximately three inches per day. The family kept measuring the pumpkin until it exceeded 60 inches and they ran out of measuring tape.

“It’s my first time ever trying growing,” Blake Aultman said. “It’s interesting. It’s fun to try.”

The first place winners were another pair of Aultmans, Sophia and William Aultman, with their pumpkin weighing in at 339 pounds.

“It would be neat for more people to get into it,” Aultman said.

Parades were also held each night, in addition to food trucks, rides, games, and other booths lining Miami Avenue.

Festivities continue tonight and Saturday.

The following includes the scheduled events for the Bradford Pumpkin Festival today:

• Midway open: 1-11 pm

• 1 p.m. — Rides and midway open

• 1:30 p.m. — School parade

• 4:30 p.m. — Big Wheel Contest (NOTE: Registration is at 4 p.m.) – Midway near secretary’s office

• 8 p.m. — Live entertainment: Jeff Hittle at the north end stage

The following includes the scheduled events for the Bradford Pumpkin Festival for Saturday:

• Midway open: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.

• 8 a.m. — 5K Race (Sponsored by BORM), Race route around Bradford

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. — Car Show at the back of Village of Bradford Park behind rides

• 10 a.m. — Rides and midway open

• 12 p.m. — Craft Show open (end time varies by vendor) in the space between Iddings Park and bike path

• 12 p.m. — Pet and novelty parade that will starts at the city building and end at north end stage

• 2 p.m. — Cutest Baby Contest (judging and line up begins at 1:30 p.m.) – north end stage

• 4 p.m. — Extravaganza parade

• 5 p.m. — Smash A Pumpkin (tickets on sale all week) – north end stage

• 6:30 p.m. — Talent Show – north end stage

• 10 p.m. — ​Lucky Pumpkin Sweepstakes (tickets on sale all week) – north end stage

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Blake Aultman of the Bradford-Greenville area poses with his children Kinley (middle) and Keegan (right) and their 336 lb. pumpkin at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/10/web1_Aultman-family-CMYK.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Blake Aultman of the Bradford-Greenville area poses with his children Kinley (middle) and Keegan (right) and their 336 lb. pumpkin at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Parents prepare their children for the first division of the Pumpkin Diaper Derby at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/10/web1_Diaper-derby-1-cmyk.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Parents prepare their children for the first division of the Pumpkin Diaper Derby at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Casey Spurgeon tries to entice his son Lincoln to crawl toward him during the first division of the Pumpkin Diaper Derby at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/10/web1_Diaper-derby-2-cmyk.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Casey Spurgeon tries to entice his son Lincoln to crawl toward him during the first division of the Pumpkin Diaper Derby at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Shawn Peeples of Bradford encourages his daughter, Sunny, to run toward her mother, Holly, during the Pumpkin City Run at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/10/web1_Pumpkin-city-run-CMYK-1.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Shawn Peeples of Bradford encourages his daughter, Sunny, to run toward her mother, Holly, during the Pumpkin City Run at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.

Sam Wildow | Daily Call Sunny Peeples of Bradford runs toward her mother, Holly, during the Pumpkin City Run at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.
http://www.tdn-net.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/21/2017/10/web1_Pumpkin-city-run-CMYK-2.jpgSam Wildow | Daily Call Sunny Peeples of Bradford runs toward her mother, Holly, during the Pumpkin City Run at the Bradford Pumpkin Festival on Tuesday evening.
Events set through Saturday

By Sam Wildow

swildow@dailycall.com

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@dailycall.com or (937) 451-3336

Reach Sam Wildow at swildow@dailycall.com or (937) 451-3336