2014 Pumpkinfest

The 2014 Pumpkinfest planning has begun and we are pleased to announce this year’s Saturday night headline entertainment. The Tommy Steele Band will play Saturday night from 9:00pm to 1:00am. Tommy Steele is a hot new country-rock artist who’s new genre of Diesel Country has him bouncing from coast to coast as he performs many of his own hits along with a selection party country-rock.
This new national recording artist from Flint, Mi. has opened up for Brooks & Dunn, Leann Rimes, Big & Rich, Gretchen Wilson and Dwight Yoakam just to name a few. Tommy’s musical influences come from the likes of Lynryd Skynyrd and Hank Williams Jr., but he also can pump out rock-n-roll and covers ZZ Top, John Mellencamp, Bob Seger and even a little AC DC and Nickelback.
Tommy’s latest CD features songs that have been climbing the charts on the Billboard of Country music. “We ain’t drunk”, “Forever 17″, and “My side of the street” have recently been added to TNN’s (The Nashville Network) national broadcast playlist.
Check out Tommy’s website at tommysteeleband.com to listen to this year’s Pumpkinfest headliner selection.


2014 Membership Drive

The New Bremen Pumpkinfest has a handful of members who have been on the committee since its inseption in 2004 and it’s time for us to move on. Over the last couple of years we have added a few more members, but in order for this fall festival to continue to grow and sustain the reputation of being the best fall festival around, we need more members.
Those who have volunteered on other festival committees know how much work it takes to make every year a success and the Pumpkinfest is no different. During the Spring and Summer months planning, there are many small details and duties that need to be done in order to guarantee a smooth running festival. We have created a master list of these items/duties to help with the pass-down training, which makes it easier for new members.
Set up week is always a lot of work, but also a lot of fun. Working together as a team always creates the opportunity to learn more about each other and to understand what volunteerism is all about. A wise man once said, “Volunteers are not paid– not because they are worthless but because they are priceless”. No truer words have been spoken. The act of giving of the most priceless gift you posess, your Time, can be very rewarding, but given without expectation of tangable rewards can be difficult for some to understand.
During the Spring – Summer months, we meet once a month to discuss and plan the years activities. Beginning in August through September, we meet at least weekly to finalize all of the planning details. Each meeting last 2-3 hours and is in the evening so as not to interrupt dinner with the family.
So if your interested in helping to keep the New Bremen Pumpkinfest growing, drop us an e-mail at: growgiants@nktelco.net
Thanks and we look forward to hearing from you….

2013 Pumpkinfest Winners

Thanks to all who particpated this year in the Pumpkin Pie Bake Off, Kids Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest, Artisan Showcase Raffle and the Pumpkinfest Raffle.

Pumpkin Pie Bake Off
1st Place – Shelby O’Neil
2nd Place – Connie O’Neil
3rd Place – Devon Thieman
Prettiest Pie – Connie O’Neil
Special thanks to our Celebrity Judges:
Sandy Schwartz-New Bremen, Steve Baker-Channel 7 News and Taylor Bergman-2013 Bremenfest Queen.

Kids Pie Eating Contest
1st Place – Ryan Bertke
2nd Place – Stella Fear
3rd Place – Alayna Albers

Artisan Showcase Raffle
Mary Schumm of St. Marys.
Mary won an original Heath Rader painting.

Pumpkinfest Raffle
Grand Prize – Gregg Scheer, 55′ Flat Screen TV
1st Place – Kent Wolters, 10k Blue Topaz Ring & Mens Seiko Watch
2nd Place – Scott Campbell, $750 Gift Cert to Gilberg’s Furnitue
3rd Place – Shelby Vaughn, His & Hers FUJI Crosstown Bicycles

Thanks again for your all of your support. Check back soon for a 2013 Pumpkinfest Wrap Up !

Schedule of Events CHANGE

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Boyd’s Dance Studio and Flight Risk will not be performing on Saturday.¬
From Noon to 2:00pm, Free Lance with Steve Rosenbeck and Roger DeMange will entertain us on the main stage in the Crown Pavilion.¬† Then, The Fits will start their music beginning at 4:30pm.¬†¬† In between, D&D Sound will provide us with some soft background music, for a nice couple of hours of socializing¬†while¬†you enjoy the fall food and beverages.¬†¬
We hope everyone enjoys the weekend’s activities.

Craft Beer Event……UPDATE !



This year’s 2013 Pumpkinfest will feature an all new event.¬† A Craft Beer tasting area will be added under the Crown Pavilion as an added attraction.¬†¬†Starting at¬†10:00am several craft brews will be available for sampling from¬†local craft brewerys. Two different pumpkin ales along with some IPA’s will be some of the choices.

Yellow Springs Brewery, Dayton Beer Company and Maumee Bay Brewing Co. will headline the lineup.  All four will bring 2-3 different kinds of craft beers that can be sampled.

Yellow Springs Brewery -¬† We’re not Punk Enough Pumpkin¬†Ale¬†& Captain Stardust (Saison).¬†¬† www.yellowspringsbrewery.com

Dayton Beer Company РPumpkin Ale & Oregon Alley Imperial IPA & Oatmeal Coffee Brown Ale.  www.thedaytonbeerco.com

Maumee Bay Brewing Company РIPA & Total Eclipse Breakfast Stout & Buckeye Brew.   www.oh-maumeebaybrewingco.com


The Great Pumpkin Roll

bike ride

In conjunction with the Pumpkinfest, a new event will be kicked off this year, The Great Pumpkin Roll.  A 25 mile and a 50 mile bike ride, around the surrounding areas of New Bremen, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 28th.  Start time for the 50 mile ride will be at 8:30am and 9:00am for the 25 mile ride. The ride will venture on scenic lightly traveled roads with flat to rolling terrain. Fully stocked rest stops will be available throughout each of the routes.  Additionally, we’ll look out for you with roving mechanical support and a Sag Wagon.
Registration will be located behind the Bicycle Museum of America located at 7 W. Monroe St. in New Bremen. Entry fees: $25 includes t-shirt, $10 without t-shirt. Same day registration is $15 without t-shirt.  A limited number of t-shirts will be available for purchase the day of the the ride for $15.

You may also regsiter online for no additional fee at www.speedy-feet.com    To regsiter by mail, please print / fill out the entrty form located at the speedy-feet.com website and mail to: The Great Pumpkin Roll  PO Box 278  New Bremen, Oh. 45869

For questions contact: Nathan Niekamp 419-305-0980 or loramielaketri@yahoo.com

Entry form >  Pumpkin Roll entry form

Pumpkinfest His and/or Hers Raffle

This year the Pumpkinfest Committee¬†will be selling raffle tickets for a His and/or Hers Raffle, with a portion of the proceeds to be¬†donated to the New Bremen Foundation.¬† The ticket prices are $5 each or 5 tickets for $20.¬† The winner of the Grand Prize, valued at $1,000, will get their choice of either a 55″ flat screen TV from Fowler’s TV or a $500 Visa Card and a $500 Gift Certificate to the New Bremen Massage Clinic.¬† 1st, 2nd and 3rd Place prizes will also be awarded.
Tickets will soon be available and can be purchased by any Pumpkinfest Committee member and area businessses who are sponsoring this raffle. See the list below for prize details.



2013 New Bremen Pumpkinfest

BBM Promo pic

photo 2

This year’s Pumpkinfest is scheduled for Friday Sept. 27th and Saturday Sept. 28th.

Friday night will feature Brother Believe Me playing from 9:00 pm Р1:00 am.

- A special Happy Hour & 1/2 will be offered from 4:00-5:30pm with $1 beer.

Saturday night will feature local grass root band EZ Rider from 9:00 pm – 1:00 am

This year we will also be celebrating our 10yr anniversary. 2004-2013
Join us as we celebrate this achievement.


2012 Pumpkinfest Wrap-up

We apologize for not updating our website sooner, but a lot of the committee members have been busy with their day-job responsibilities, and we have finally had time to reflect on this years Pumpkinfest.  Before we go any further, we must recognize the many sponsors who supported us this year with either finances, manpower or resources.  Please frequent the retail businesses and thank those who helped make this year’s Pumpkinfest our most successful ever.


Leuger’s Insurance – Cotterman & Co – Howell’s IGA – Piqua Steel  - Fowler’s TV-   Southland Medical Center - Miller Insurance – Signature 4 - Schwieterman’s Pharmacy – NB First National Bank – Zumstein Trucking – Doris Cheeseman – Doc Riebel – Remax -  Schmiesing Refrigeration – Cheeseman Trucking LLC – Kanawha Scales – Eagles Tailgate For Cancer – Dianne Komminsk – Power Equipment Solutions – Bohl Crane – Minster Bank – MidmarkWagners IGA – Elmwood Assisted Living – La Piazza – Hair Performers – Mr. Craig-Hoffman Property Management – Vehorn NurseyIndustrial Management & Engineering Group – ArcTech Fabricating – Western Ohio True Value – Master Machine Rebuilders – Crown Equipment – NK Telco – C&G Distributing – New Bremen Eyecare – Homan & Stucke Construction – NB Chamber of Commerce – Moeller Trucking


This year’s Pumpkinfest was our most succcessful to date.  One of the reasons was due to the reduced giant pumpkins that attended this year.  Up until about 2-3 days before our weigh off, it was unclear if we would even have it.  But due to the positive feedback we received from many local growers, it was decided to have it, but at reduced prize fees.  The growers still came and were happy nonetheless.   Special thanks to those on the New Bremen Festival Association for once again allowing us to borrow a few things here and there.  As thanks for allowing us to use certain items over the years, the Pumpkinfest committee re-built the french fry slicer in 2012.  It had a lot of wear over the years and hopefully our next renovation project will be postively received as well.  

Hopefully everyone enjoyed the new additions to this years festival.  The Artisan Showcase & Wine Garden got very favorable reviews throughout the day and we look forward to growing this event into something very special during Pumpkinfest weekend. 

Also new this year were the wide selection of bands that played during the weekend.  We feel that we captured a genre for every age group throughout the weekend.   We have already had enquiries from local bands for next year…..don’t worry…EZ Rider will be back in 2013 !  

 Ok, now to list the winners of the various competitions throughout the day

Pie Bake Off

1st Place – Theresa Nelson, Versailles

 2nd Place – Kathy Eisert, Wapak

3rd Place – Doris Krieg, New Bremen


Prettiest Pie – Susan Albers, New Weston


Thanks to our judges : Sandy Schwartz, Doc Riebel and Edith Wissman


Kids Pie Eating Contest


1st Place – Ben Kuck

2nd Place – Stella Feal

3rd Place – Emily Alt


Thanks again for coming to this years 2012 Pumpkinfest and we look forward to exceeding your expectations for next year.