5th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, September 28, 2013 | 9am-4pm
A pumpkin weighing 955.8 pounds won the Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off in Downtown Rapid City on Saturday, Sept. 28, at the fifth annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival.
An estimated 20,000 people visited Main Street Square and ventured down Sixth Street and into Memorial Park for their pick of pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! In a collaboration between the Rapid City Downtown Association and Main Street Square, pumpkins were catapulted, weighed, tasted, painted, carved, and more! The community-wide celebration of the harvest season was from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 28.
9 a.m. Drum Demonstration, followed by Procession to Memorial Park
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Farmers' Market and Vendors, KIDZONE, Pumpkin Patch
10 a.m. Pumpkin Catapult
10 a.m. Entertainment with JD Productions
11 a.m. Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off
Noon Weigh-off Award Ceremony
Noon to 4 p.m. Giant Pumpkins on Display
12:30 to 2 p.m. Six Mile Road, musical entertainment
1 to 4 p.m. Dachshund Races, Ugly Sweater Contest, Parade of Breeds & Obedience Demo
1 to 3 p.m. Elvis Meet and Greet
2 p.m. Downtown Chef Challenge
2:30 p.m. Rapid City Police K9 Demonstration
3 p.m. Elvis Performs
3 to 9 p.m. Downtown Pub Crawl
Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off
11 a.m. | Sixth Street
Downtown Rapid City is a certified Great Pumpkin Commonwealth weigh-off site. Giant Pumpkin growers truck their gourds in from miles away to have them weighed and measured and officially logged into a national competition. Cash prizes are offered for the top five giant pumpkins, the Howard Dill Award for the prettiest pumpkin, an award for ugliest pumpkin, and an award for the largest squash. The giant pumpkin weigh-off is sponsored by RPM Companies.
1st place: 955.8 pounds, Gary Rodine, Oakes, ND
2nd place: 954.8 pounds, Mark Kaiser, Mobridge, SD
3rd place: 828.14 pounds, Lisa Evans, Rapid City, SD
4th place: 815.24 pounds, Matt Winey, Rapid City, SD
5th place: 607.24 pounds, Jens Christensen, Rapid City, SD
6th place: 595.18 pounds, Aaron Christensen, Rapid City, SD
7th place: 415.78 pounds, JC Christensen, Rapid City, SD
8th place: 271.18 pounds, Cory Marquez, Rapid City, SD
9th place: 180.16 pounds, Dexter Johnson, Rapid City, SD
10th place: 174.26 pounds, Kevin Lockhart, Hermosa, SD
11th place: 174.24 pounds, Shannon Williams, Rapid City, SD
12th place: 90.16 pounds, Cathy Burnette, Rapid City, SD
Largest Squash: 748.3 pounds, Gary Rodine, Oakes, ND
Field Pumpkin: 44.16 pounds, Karen Lockhart, Hermosa, SD
Howard Dill Award: Cathy Burnette
Ugliest Pumpkin: Jens Christensen
10 a.m. | Memorial Park
South Dakota School of Mines Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production students demonstrate their engineering abilities in the pumpkin catapult. Each year, students are given the task of building a catapult that can fling gourds hundreds of feet before exploding as it hits the ground. Students are tested on accuracy, when they try to land in a bulls-eye, and how far the pumpkins will go within the fence. Pumpkin Chuckin' is sponsored by RESPEC.
Downtown Chef Challenge
2 p.m. | Main Street Square Stage
Downtown chefs have been tasked with creating dishes containing the orange fruit, to be judged on stage in the Downtown Chef Challenge, sponsored by Someone's in the Kitchen and US Bank. Links to recipes will be up soon.
1st Place: Pumpkin Gratin with Chanterelle Creme, Chris McConnell, Wine Cellar Restaurant
2nd Place: Pumpkin and Chocolate Layered Croissant Tart, Scott Brinker, Dakota Thyme
3rd Place: Pumpkin Cannoli, Chris Mullenix, The Blind Lion
Steak Stroganoff with Pumpkin Noodles, Dave Psanka, Isis Hospitality
Pork and Veil Sausage with Roasted Pumpkin and Dried Cranberries, Jeff Butler, Murphy's Pub and Grill
Homemade Pumpkin Pasta, Sarah Luke, Hotel Alex Johnson
Pumpkin Festival Market
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Sixth Street and Pedestrian Alley
Visit more than 50 booths featuring produce, local crafts, canned goods, baked goods, and, of course, pumpkins. Booths are located on Sixth street on either side of KIDZONE, and in Pedestrian Alley next to Main Street Square. The application deadline has passed to become a vendor.
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Sixth Street
Children can enjoy the KIDZONE, where they can ride on a pumpkin train, enter inflatable castles, get their faces painted, and do crafts at the Rapid City Public Library booth, Dahl Arts Center booth or YMCA booth. High school artists from Gabrielle Seeley’s classes will paint fine art pumpkins at the festival. They will also help young festival-goers paint pumpkins, or paint the pumpkins purchased at vendor booths. Don't miss JD Productions entertaining at Main Street Square from 10 a.m. to noon. KIDZONE is sponsored by Ketel Thorstenson LLP.
Concerts by Elvis, at 3 p.m. and Six Mile Road from 12:30 to 2 p.m., will be held on the Main Street Square stage. The stage is sponsored by Hotel Alex Johnson.
9 a.m. | Main Street Square
A drum demonstration begins the festival with a jolt at 9 a.m. at Main Street Square. Check out drumlines from Central High School and Stevens High School, and a performance by the Rapid City Firefighter Pipe and Drum Corps. Sponsored by Summer Nights.
Dachshund Races, Ugly Sweater Contest and more
1 to 4 p.m. | Memorial Park
Bring your dachshund to race, or enter any breed in an ugly sweater contest at Memorial Park. Click here for the Dachshund Races Entry Form. Following is a parade of breeds and obedience demonstration, organized by the Rapid City Kennel Club. The Rapid City Police Department K9 unit will do a demonstration at 2:30 p.m.
Downtown Pub Crawl
3 to 9 p.m. | Downtown Businesses
A Downtown Pub Crawl will wrap up the day’s festivities. Badges identify participants and entitle the holder to $1 off a beverage at 445, Firehouse Brewing Company, Independent Ale House, Murphy's Pub and Grill, Paddy O'Neill's Pub and Casino, Que Pasa?, Sanford's Grub and Pub, Tinder Box and Wobbly Bobby. Badges can be purchased at participating businesses prior to the festival, and at Main Street Square on the day of the event. A prize drawing will be held at 7 p.m. at Murphy's for those who purchased a badge. Must be present to win.
The Rapid City Downtown Association partnered with NewsCenter 1 and Elks Theatre for the Great Downtown Pumpkin Coloring Contest. Five winners each win an Elks Theatre Family 4-pack (4 movie tickets, 4 drinks, and 2 popcorns). The entry deadline was Friday, Sept. 20.
Thank you to event sponsors
Hotel Alex Johnson
Ketel Thorstenson LLC
Someones in the Kitchen
Thank you to event partners
Black Hills Power
First Interstate Bank
New Rushmore Radio