Ninth Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 | 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Celebrate harvest season in Downtown Rapid City at the ninth annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival. Visit Main Street Square, venture down Sixth St., and into Memorial Park for a day full of fall fun, including a pumpkin catapult, giant pumpkin weigh-off, Downtown chef competition, the Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone, pony rides, vendors, and more.

Schedule of Events
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
 Farmers Market and Vendor Booths Open
           Pumpkin Carving Contest Display
           Canyon Lake Methodist Church Pumpkin Patch (Sixth Street)
           Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone (Main Street Square, Sixth Street & Memorial Park)
           First United Methodist Church Bake Sale
           Giant Pumpkins on Display until 3 p.m. (City Hall Parking Lot)
           Vote for People's Choice in the Pumpkin Carving Contest
9 a.m. Drum Demonstration (Main Street Square Stage) followed by Drum Procession to Memorial Park
10 a.m. SD Mines Pumpkin Catapult (Memorial Park)
           Sponsored by RESPEC
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. JD Productions Family Entertainment (Main Street Square Stage)
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free Interactive Children’s Art with Gabrielle Seeley (Main Street Square)
11 a.m. Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off followed by Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off Award Ceremony (City Hall Parking Lot)
           Co-sponsored by Black Hills State University - Rapid City and Black Hills Federal Credit Union
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Bud Light Beverage Garden Open (Main Street Square)
1 p.m. Pumpkin Post Coloring Contest Winner Announced (Main Street Square Stage)
1 p.m. Downtown Chef Challenge (Main Street Square)
           Sponsored by Someone's In The Kitchen
3 p.m. Pumpkin Carving Contest Award Presentation (Main Street Square Stage)
           Sponsored by HomeSlice Media Group
3 to 6 p.m. 35th and Taylor Concert (Main Street Square Stage)
           Stage sponsored by Paddy O’Neill’s Irish Pub & Grill
3 to 6 p.m. Live Broadcast of Fireball Run Finish Line
3 to 9 p.m. Downtown Pumpkin Pub Crawl (Participating Downtown Establishments)

Pumpkin Catapult
3… 2… 1… Launch! Teams from the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology star in Pumpkin Chuckin’ at 10 a.m. in Memorial park. For more information about CAMP, visit The Pumpkin Catapult is sponsored by RESPEC.

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off
Before dawn the morning of the event, giant pumpkins can be seen in pick-up beds and on trailers heading to Downtown Rapid City. The pumpkin festival is a certified Great Pumpkin Commonwealth weigh-off site, where the pumpkins are carefully inspected, measured and weighed. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off is co-sponsored by Black Hills State University-Rapid City and Black Hills Federal Credit Union.

Top 2016 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off Winners
1st place: 1292 pounds, Kevin Marsh, Parker, SD
2nd place: 981 pounds, Dustin Grubbs, Scotts Bluff, NE
3rd place: 573 pounds, Elaine Hook, Rapid City, SD
4th place: 488 pounds, Jerry Hook, Rapid City, SD
5th place: 421 pounds, Virginia Reidt and Broc Kilber, Rapid City, SD

Ugliest Pumpkin: 142 pounds, Bill McElroy, Rapid City, SD
Howard Dill Award: 298 pounds, James and Kathy Layns, Rapid City, SD
Largest Watermelon: 157 pounds, Kevin Marsh, Parker, SD
Largest Squash: 91 pounds, Ethan Hook, Rapid City, SD 

Downtown Chef Challenge
A battle of culinary skills will ensue on Main Street Square’s stage. Downtown Rapid City chefs will compete for a first place prize, and most importantly, bragging rights, in the sixth annual Downtown Chef Challenge. Each chef is required to prepare a dish with pumpkin as an ingredient. The gourd may star in the dish, or it may have a supporting role. The recipes for the dishes will be available on site. 

2016 Downtown Chef Challenge Winners
1st Place: Braised Short Rib and Pumpkin Ravioli with Herbed Pumpkin Cream Sauce, Cody Bartels, (kōl)
2nd Place: Richard Adams, Hotel Alex Johnson
3rd Place: Daniel Orwa, Murphy’s Pub & Grill

Downtown Pub Crawl
Downtown establishments have joined in the Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival with a Pub Crawl. Pub crawl badge holders will receive discounts on beer, wine, cocktails, or soda at participating businesses from 3 to 9 p.m. 
Purchase pub crawl badges for $10 at the Bud Light Beverage Garden from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the day of the event. Be sure to spin the wheel when you pick up your pub crawl badges for a chance to win fantastic prizes.

Main Street Square Group urges participants to drink responsibly and utilize designated drivers.

Free Parking in Downtown Rapid City
Extend your day Downtown with shopping and dining, while enjoying free parking in all Downtown public lots, metered spaces on the streets, and in the parking ramp near Main Street Square ALL DAY on Saturday, Sept. 30.

2017 Major Event Sponsor


2017 Pumpkin Catapult Sponsor


2017 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Co-Sponsors


2017 Harvest Market Sponsor


2017 Stage Sponsor


2017 Progress Sponsor

2017 Beverage Garden Sponsor

2017 Kidz Zone Co-Sponsors