Pumpkin Festival Rolls Into Barnesville This Week

Photo Provided A past Barnesville Pumpkin Festival “King Pumpkin” is shown in the village’s downtown.

Everything pumpkin will be celebrated in Barnesville when the annual Pumpkin Festival rolls into the village this week.

The 54th-annual Barnesville Pumpkin Festival, slated Thursday through Sunday in downtown Barnesville, will feature its famous “King Pumpkin” weigh-in contest from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of Main and Chestnut streets.

The grower of the heaviest pumpkin will get paid $2 per pound. Last year’s winning pumpkin weighed 1,739 pounds and was grown by Todd and Donna Skinner.

The King Pumpkin will be auctioned off at 5 p.m. Saturday. Last year’s pumpkin was purchased by a group of people and businesses for $5,000.

The festival also features a parade, Pumpkin Royalty contest for children, a car show, a 5K run/walk, contests, vendors, carnival rides, food and many other activities.

Other highlights of the festival include a pumpkin pie-eating contest at 5 p.m. Thursday on the Pumpkin Stage. The official opening of the festival is at 5 p.m. Thursday and also includes the naming of the queen, princess and “mini miss,” along with the presentation of other trophies. The opening ribbon-cutting ceremony will feature the family of the late Jim Cook, a longtime festival committee member, according to the Belmont County Tourism Council.

On Friday, the Barnesville Depot will host a specialty crafts sale, Spirit of America miniature train rides and food from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

At 1:45 p.m. Saturday, the Giant Pumpkin Parade will start at the Barnesville High School parking lot and travel west to Main Street and then onto Chestnut Street. The parade includes a variety of floats, marching bands, farm equipment, horses and the new pumpkin royalty.

The parade’s grand marshal is scheduled to be Eugene “Doc” Householder, a longtime festival committee member and former Belmont County Tourism Council director.

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