43rd Annual Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival

Huntsburg invites you to join us on October 6 & 7 for our Annual Pumpkin Festival now in its 43rd year!

There is no entrance fee and all of our contests, entertainment, and attractions are free due to the generous donations of our sponsors. We also offer free parking and a free shuttle service from the parking areas to the Festival grounds 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. We are located in Huntsburg, Ohio in Geauga County at the intersections of State Routes 322 & 528.

Prize Winning Pumpkins

Huntsburg is home to our own Jerry Rose, grower of the giant pumpkin that weighed in at 1549 pounds! Along with the Giant Pumpkin Show entries (see below), other attractions include Jungle Terry, The Ramrod Busters, Antique Tractors & Engines, Classic Car Show, Fort Huntsburg Country Band, Cardinal School Show Choir the Cardinaires, The Cardinal Marching Band, Bagpipe performance by Geauga Highlanders, Northern Comfort (a local country band), the Usual Suspects Band, K-9 Demos by Geauga County Sheriff’s Dept., and the Walnut Hill Cloggers.

Pumpkin Run

Celebrating its tenth year, the Huntsburg Pumpkin Run traverses a scenic part of the Buckeye Trail. The Pumpkin Run, held October 7, 2012, starts at 9:00 a.m. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at Grandview Golf Club parking lot.

Sometime ago a Pumpkin Run was added to the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival activities. The run began at the Huntsburg Center Cemetery drive and traveled cross-country through a farmer’s field and back to the cemetery. Adults ran a three-mile race and children ran laps in the cemetery totaling one-mile. The farmer decided to plant his fields for wildlife preservation and prohibited the run traversing through his property. The Pumpkin Run then hit the road. The runners ran a distance of three miles along State Route 528 and then west on Pioneer Road and returned to the Cemetery. After a few short years the committee lost interest in the run and it was abandoned. Then Judy Rodgers joined our festival committee and now the 4 mile run travels the Buckeye Trail in Geauga County’s Headwaters Park located at 13365 Old State Road, Middlefield, Ohio.

This year the Cardinal School’s cross country coach and students will host the run. Headwaters Park is a 96-acre reservation located in Claridon and Huntsburg Townships. The trail winds alongside the water, over a stream, through fields and woods offering a peaceful and scenic run.

Sponsored by Dr. Bob Evans, Lucas Pest Management Co, Marge’s Smoke Shop Ltd., KT’s Custom Logos, Kokosing Construction Co., Frank Martuccio Asphalt & Paving, Xocai Healthy Chocolate by Pauline Burnett, and Sages Apples.

Pancake Breakfast

The Pancake Breakfast is open each day from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. It features all you can eat pancakes and Belgium waffles with sausage, orange juice, real maple syrup, and a variety of hot beverages. We serve the Fowler Milling Company’s buttermilk and pumpkin pancake mix and Bob Evans Original Sausage Links with Natural Maple Syrup from Huntsburg Maple Syrup Producers. What a treat they are!

Adults $6.00, Seniors $5.00 Child Ages 5 –12 $3.00 Children under 5 are Free.


Parade FloatWanted! Floats for the Huntsburg Pumpkin Festival Parade, Sunday, October 7, 2:15 p.m. Theme: “Cartoons” For more information, contact Michele at 440-636-3368.

Sponsored by T & T Heavy Equipment Repair LLC

Carved and Decorated Pumpkin Show

Entries should be brought to the Huntsburg Center Pavilion on Saturday, October 6, between 9:30 and 10:30 am. All entries must remain until 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. The categories are as follows:

Carved Pumpkin• Adult Carved Pumpkin (ages 13 & up)
• Adult Decorated Pumpkin (ages 13 & up)
• Youth Carved Pumpkin (ages 12 and under)
• Youth Decorated Pumpkin (ages 12 & under)
• Scarecrows: Standing, sitting, straw, wood or newspaper – anything goes(Head need not be pumpkin)
• Totem Poles: Five or more pumpkins, squash or gourds

Sponsored by M. A. Miler LLC

Baking Contest

Register Saturday, October 6, by 8:00 a.m. at the Town Hall Judging at 10:00 a.m. All entries must contain pumpkin as one of the ingredients. Categories are:

Under 13:
Anything Pumpkin

Bakers 13 & over :
Traditional Pumpkin Pies
Other Items. (Non-traditional pumpkin pies will be entered in the ‘other’ category.)

For more information, please contact Bonnie 635-9113.

Sponsored by Vista Hearing Instruments

Horseshoe Tournament

Saturday, October 6, at 10:00 a.m. Register behind the school on the baseball field. Trophy & cash awards.

Sponsored by Weaver Bedding and Pine Craft Storage Barns

Tot King & Queen Contest

Ages 4 – 6 Register at the tent in front of the Town Hall Saturday, October 6, at 10:00 a.m. Call Jeannette at 440-636-5354.

Sponsored by Huntington Bank and The Truckers Choice

Giant Pumpkin Show

Register and weigh in on Thursday, October 4, between 6 and 8 p.m. at the Huntsburg Center Pavilion. Call Jerry at 440-636-5145

Giant PumpkinCategories:

• Largest Pumpkin – CASH AWARD – judged on natural weight
• Natural Field Pumpkin – judged on largest size
• Largest Zucchini – judged on natural weight
• Largest Potato – judged on natural weight
• Largest Sunflower – judged on width of head

Classic Car Show

Rain or Shine! Bring your favorite Classic Auto. No admission fee. October 6 & 7, 2012 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. behind Huntsburg Elementary School. People’s choice trophy awarded each day. A Participation Plaque for the first twenty five cars that arrive each day.

Sponsored by Varner’s Auto Body & Sales, Inc. 10635 Route 87, Newbury, Ohio

Pumpkin Queen Contest

High School Girls in the 10th, 11th & 12th Grades. Please call Diane Hunt at 440-636-5514 by Sept. 22, 2012.

Sponsor Junction Auto Sales Inc. and Lee Jewelers

General Information Call Nancy Saunders at 440-636-5197


Geauga News
Author: Geauga News