Founded in 2003, Pumpkinfest began as a small event for giant pumpkin growers to show off their biggest and most prized pumpkins. Over the years, Pumpkinfest grew into a beloved local festival bringing in giant pumpkins from all over the Midwest and putting on equally giant events, like setting the record for the World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie in 2010.

In recent years, the New Bremen Pumpkinfest became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and adopted a new purpose and mission. The mission focuses on giving back to the community by providing a quality harvest-style festival in celebration of music, art, food, football, friends, and family. In 2013, the New Bremen Pumpkinfest created a charitable fund at the New Bremen Foundation. Proceeds from the Pumpkinfest go into the fund to support future parks and recreation for years to come. The Pumpkinfest’s plan is to raise enough money in coming years to complete a large project that will benefit our entire community.

Pumpkinfest will be held on Friday, September 22nd & Saturday, September 23rd.

This year’s event will kick off at 4 PM on Friday, September 22nd with the “happy hour and a half” featuring drink specials. Friday evening will feature kid’s inflatables and entertainment from Kaitlyn Schmit and Another Round.

Saturday will begin with breakfast at 7 AM, which will be served by the New Bremen Cub Scouts. Proceeds will benefit their organization.

The Great Pumpkin Bike Ride will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday with distances of 20, 30, and 60 miles. Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome. Entrants can register in advance online or at the event. Online registration can be done by going to www.newbremenpumpkinfest.com.

The Artisan Showcase will return on Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM. The Artisan Showcase will include social painting events and over 25 local vendors displaying their talents in a variety of mediums including chainsaw sculptures, photography, glass blowing, painting and more.

Saturday’s entertainment will provide a variety of country, rock, and pop music from performances like the local favorite band Nashville Crush (10 PM – 1AM), Josh Smedley (9 – 10 PM), and What She Said (5 – 9 PM).

Youth entertainment and activities includes the annual kid’s pie eating contest, sidewalk chalk contest, kids inflatables, face painting and balloon animals. Play grounds are also nearby at the Komminsk Legacy Park and Jay-cee’s Park.

A car and motorcycle cruise-in will take place in the parking lot near the Komminsk Legacy Park and 17 West on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.

Games will include shuffle mug and a cornhole tournament.

This year will feature adult beverages from local breweries including Moeller Brew Barn, Tailspin Brewing Company, Lake Rat Brewing, and Yellow Springs Brewery. Wine and domestic beers will also be available to compliment the great food selection including pumpkin brats and pumpkin pie.

For the full schedule of events, check out the website www.newbremenpumpkinfest.com and follow the event on Facebook.

If you are interested in helping your community, the committee is still looking for more committee members to help organize the event. Members usually only spend a few hours a month attending meetings and planning the event.

If you are interested in volunteering or making a tax-deductible sponsorship contribution, please message newbremenpumpkinfest@gmail.com or the Facebook page for more details.

We look forward to seeing you at this year’s event!