Wanda English Burnett, Editor
The 105th Versailles Pumpkin Show will be center stage next
week in Ripley County as everything pumpkin will be celebrated.
From the opening night, September 26 when the Queen and King
are crowned to the breeze felt from the last ride on Saturday,
September 29, people can enjoy the many festivities the Pumpkin
Show brings, thanks to the Versailles Lions Club, sponsor of
Wednesday night the opening ceremony will kick off at 5:00 p.m.
on the stage, located on the north side of the square in Versailles.
This is also a popular night for ride enthusiasts, as it will
only take one ticket per ride. Advance tickets can be purchased
at the elementary schools (Milan, JCD and South Ripley), in
Versailles at the Super Valu, Spencer Tyson Pharmacy, Versailles
Shell, and MainSource Bank; in Friendship, at The Friendship
State Bank, and in Milan at the Whitewater Motor Co. Advance
tickets are $12.00 for 16. The cut off for purchasing advance
tickets is 5:00 p.m. Thursday, September 27.
The Queen and King of the 2007 Versailles Pumpkin Show will
also be crowned on Wednesday night with the contest getting
underway at 7:30 p.m. Contestants are: Carissa Simon, daughter
of Gary and Marla Simon, and Aaron Harmeyer, son of Gerry and
Mindy Harmeyer, representing Jac-Cen-Del; Jennifer Wullenweber,
daughter of Terry Wullenweber and Nancy Steinmetz, and Tanner
Roark, son of Denise and Anthony Roark, representing Milan High
School; Kelley Wagner, daughter of Mark and Jean Wagner, and
Heath Weston, son of Ken and Tami Weston, representing the Southeastern
Career Center; Sally Adams, daughter of Barney and Beth Adams,
and Erik Demaree, son of Craig and Michele Demaree, representing
South Ripley High School; Emilee Waldron, daughter of Greg and
Dorie Peelman and Tony Waldron, and Brandon Otter, son of Donnie
and Rhonda Otter, will represent Switzerland County High School;
Abby Felser, daughter of Glenn and Tawnya Felser, and Jacob
Hess, son of Charles and Treva Hess, will represent South Dearborn
Thursday evening the Prince and Princess contest will be held
on stage beginning at 7:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by Ripley
Publishing Co. with contestants from area elementary schools.
Prince and Princess hopefuls are: Adam Bedel, son of David and
Angela Bedel and Ciera Rhoads, daughter of Casey and Jamie Rhoads,
representing Batesville Primary School; Jordan Stenger, son
of Jeffrey and Rhonda Stenger and Emily Koch, daughter of Jeffrey
and Jill Koch, representing St. Louis Catholic School; Isaac
Rosenbarger, son of Lance and Jennifer Rosenbarger, and Alijah
Anne Craig, daughter of Daniel and Jamie Craig, representing
Milan Elementary; Brody Turner, son of Ms Jody Gabbard and Emma
Cutter, daughter of Eric and Kathy Cutter, representing South
Ripley Elementary; Alex Stephens, son of Brian and Christina
Stephens, and Elyse Hunger, daughter of Rob and Linda Hunger,
representing Jac-Cen-Del Elementary; and Thomas Bushelman, son
of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Bushelman, and Savannah Sargent, daughter
of Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Sargent, representing St. Nicholas.
Thursday morning the day will kick off with a baking contest,
sponsored by Ripley Publishing Co. Bakers can bring their goodies
(which all must contain pumpkin) to the newspaper office at
115 S. Washington Street, Versailles, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
to be judged. The cut off for entries is 10:00 a.m. Then the
judging begins! First, second, and third place cash prizes will
be given in four categories: pumpkin pies, pumpkin cakes and
cake rolls, pumpkin bread and rolls, and miscellaneous pumpkin
goodies. There is also a baking contest just for kids, ages
8-17. Again, cash prizes will be given for first, second, and
third place. The Best Baker Award will be given,
which is $200 cash and a commemorative plaque. Winners of the
baking contest will be recognized on stage Thursday evening
and have their pictures taken for the newspaper.
Following the announcement of the baking contest, area schools
gather at the stage area to cheer on contestants for the pumpkin
pie eating contest. Seniors from area schools who will be seeing
who can eat the most pie in one minute include: Paige Thomas
and Nicholas Sechrest, Jac-Cen-Del students who attend the Southeastern
Career Center; Deborah Fryer and Chris Franklin, representing
Milan High School; Kaylin Ploeger and Coty Horn, representing
Jac-Cen-Del High School; and Miranda Cole and Trent Tucker,
from South Ripley High School. The winners will receive cash.
Each night popular bands will provide stage entertainment. Wednesday
night, Over the Edge Unplugged, a mixed rock group will perform.
On Thursday, Centerline Band, a country/rock group, will take
the stage at 8:15 p.m. Friday night, Lucy Angel, a country act
from Nashville, TN, will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
night The Promise Reason, a rock group will finish out the stage
entertainment beginning at 6:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon Sweet
Delema and 650north will also perform from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.
There will be a variety of vendors, booths, rides, and more
to enjoy. The Lions Vision Van will be on hand Friday evening
so children can have their eyes checked for free. Saturday morning
one of the largest parades will get underway at 10:30 a.m. Several
bands have already committed, along with a variety of other
entries. Following the parade at 1:00 p.m. the giant pumpkins
will be weighed on stage. Then the pedal tractor pull will begin.
Whether you come for the stage entertainment, to take a spin
on the rides, or just to see old friends, the Pumpkin Show offers
hometown entertainment. The festival is the Versailles Lions
Clubs top fundraiser each year. They in turn, put the
profits made back in to the community helping children and adults
alike with a variety of needs.