pumkins expected at the Versailles Pumpkin Show
The 108th Versailles Pumpkin Show will take
place next Wednesday through Saturday, September 22-25 with lots
of pumpkins to be seen.
Members of the Versailles Lions Club, sponsors of the show, have
been working all year to make sure everything is pumpkin perfect
for the big event.
Lion Walter (Junior) Renfro of Holton, has been doing some pumpkin
growing of his own. He said hes never tried to grow big
pumpkins before this year and despite the dry weather, hes
done fairly well. Well have to wait and see what they
weigh, he grinned, when asked how big he thought they were.
Hes also been involved with helping to raise a field of
various sizes of pumpkins and fall gourds to display at the Pumpkin
Show. They will be sold after the parade on Saturday. The Lions
Club will again have their food booth next to the stage area where
pulled pork and pumpkin rolls will be featured along with other
Not only are Lions Club members working on growing pumpkins, they
have been getting stage entertainment ready and making sure everything
is in place.
Opening night, Wednesday, September 22 is a big night. It includes
the official opening ceremony, followed by great stage entertainment
with Kristen Hobbs, Young Confederates, the popular King and Queen
Contest, with the band Over the Edge rounding out the evening.
Wednesday is also a popular night for the children. This is the
discount ride night where all rides only take one ticket. Ticket
prices have not gone up and remain just $12.00 for 16 tickets.
Tickets can be used throughout the entire event. They are available
in advance from all three area schools, Ripley Publishing Company,
Versailles Super Market, Friendship State Bank and MainSource
Bank in Versailles. Whitewater Motor Company in Milan will also
have the tickets for sale.
Thursday night entertainment begins with opening ceremonies at
5 p.m. followed by a Christian group, Firequest. Then the Prince
and Princess Contest, sponsored by Ripley Publishing Company,
will take place at 7 p.m. This is followed by a Pumpkin Pie Eating
Contest, also sponsored by the Ripley Publishing Company.
Thursday is a big day for local bakers as they fire up their ovens
for the coveted prize of the Best of Show Award for 2010. The
baking contest, sponsored by Ripley Publishing Company, will again
have bakers bringing their goodies to the newspaper office on
115 S. Washington Street from 8-10 a.m. on September 23. Then
the entries are judged, and winners announced on stage Thursday
evening. The Best of Show Award winner will receive $200, and
a plaque. (See details inside todays paper)
Thursday evening will close with the Hoosier Hills Bluegrass band
entertaining the crowd.
Friday evening will open again at 5 p.m. with a talent show followed
by great stage performances by JetSet from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and
The Knightsmen from 8-10 p.m.
Saturday morning the festivities will get underway early with
weighing the giant pumpkins to determine who the 2010 winners
are. The weigh-in will take place at Gilpin Monuments one block
south of the stoplight in Versailles on US 421. The pumpkins will
then all be put at the end of the parade with the winners announced
after the parade from the stage.
On Saturday the rides will open at 9 a.m.
The parade, an event that draws people from far away, will begin
at 10:30 a.m. Anyone wanting to enter into the parade just needs
to get registered the morning of the event by the Tyson United
Methodist Church and get in line. For more information about the
parade you can call 689-6524. (See section inside todays
After the parade at 12:30, the Kids Pumpkin Painting will take
place by the stage area. The winners and awards for the giant
pumpkins will be announced at 1:00 p.m. with the Kids Tractor
Pull to begin at 1:30 north of the stage area.
The Secrets will perform on stage from 2:30 to 4:30. A Cheerleader
Contest will be held at 5:00 p.m. with Stacy Lynn and the Wildcards
finishing out the 2010 festivities from 6-8 p.m.
Everyone is invited to take part in this four-day event that raises
money for the Versailles Lions Club that is in turn put back into
Editors Note: See section inside todays paper for
all the details about the Pumpkin Show.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Below: Standing with their "field
of pumpkins" are Walter (Junior) Renfro and wife, Linda,
at their farm west of Holton. Above, a close-up shot shows
the size of the gigantic pumpkins they are hoping will be
winners at this year's Pumpkin Show.