If you're looking for pumpkins with a flair of homespun Americana, there's no better place to go than to one of the nation's largest pumpkin festivals - the 111th Circleville Pumpkin Show, October 18-21,2017 in Circleville (25 miles south of Columbus in Central Ohio). The Circleville Pumpkin Show attracts over 400,000 visitors to this small Midwest community of 13,000. Visitors come to see giant pumpkins, 7 parades, entertainment, contests and sample pumpkin-flavored delicacies. This show has been called "The Greatest Free Show on Earth" since admission is free. The Circleville Pumpkin Show kicks off with area pumpkin growers vying for the coveted Giant Pumpkin Trophy. The current Giant Pumpkin record at the Circleville Pumpkin Show holder was grown by Circleville's Robert & Jo Liggett at 1964 pounds.
The Circleville Pumpkin Show is filled with family entertainment including live music, 7 parades each with its own theme, amusement rides, and over 400 food booths, games, retail and craft vendors. The Circleville Pumpkin show covers more than nine city blocks in downtown Circleville. More than 100,000 pounds of pumpkins, squash, and gourds are featured in a large street display. Free Admission, Free Parking!