get a price break...more rides for less offered
109 years of Pumpkin Show fun continues next week
Wanda English Burnett
Something that is sure to make children and parents happy at the
Versailles Pumpkin Show this year is there will be an added night
of discounted rides.
Opening night, Wednesday, September 21 is the night when all rides
only take one ticket. Then on Thursday night, September 22 riders
can enjoy the fun around the square on the buddy system
- two can ride for the price of one! Be sure to get your ride
tickets in advance to save even more!
From the beginning night when the King and Queen contest is held
at 7:00 p.m. until the last event on Saturday, members of the
Versailles Lions Club have been working hard to make sure your
time is enjoyable. And, best of all, proceeds from the event will
be turned back into the community to benefit those who live here,
according to Lions Club President Richard Zinz.
There will be live music on the stage each night with Cheyenne
Burress performing along with the South Ripley Young Confederates
on Wednesday night before the King and Queen Contest. After the
contest, Rhythm and Groove, a group consisting of Sandy Pickett
of Versailles and Jill McIntosh of Paris Crossing, will be rocking
the stage with their talents. They each have performed separately,
but together they are a dynamite duo.
Thursday night stage performances will feature the 49th annual
Pumpkin Show Princess Contest and the 25th annual Prince Contest
sponsored by Ripley Publishing Co. This years contestants
are: Bradley Cooke, son of Doug and Cheryl Cooke and Ariel Haessig,
daughter of Rob and Rebecca Hasseig, who will be representing
Milan Elementary School.
Trenton Roell, son of Shannon Roell and Jeff Roell along with
Ava Obermeyer, daughter of Doug and Sarah Obermeyer, will be representing
Batesville Primary School.
Contestants from Jac-Cen-Del Elementary include: Austin Bowling,
son of Keith and Heather Bowling and Siya Patel, daughter of Ketan
and Vinal Patel.
Sunman Elementary School will be represented by Mason Schutte,
son of Scott and Jenny Schutte and Olivia Lehman, daughter of
Roger and Cathy Lehman.
St. Louis Parochial School will be represented by Will Pulskamp,
son of Doug and Sarah Pulskamp and Evelyn Storms, daughter of
Shawnn and Diana Storms.
River McAdams, grandson of Pam McAdams and Lily Welch, daughter
of Alan and Crystal Welch, will be representing South Ripley Elementary
with Luke Jackson, son of Andrew and Renee Jackson and Kyra Wolfe,
daughter of Kalen and Kristi Wolfe, representing St. Nicholas
From 5-6:30 p.m. the group, One Lost Sheep, will perform Christian
music live on stage.
The 23rd Annual Pumpkin Show Baking Contest will be held Thursday
morning at the office of Ripley Publishing Co. (115 S. Washington
Street) with the winners being named on stage that evening. Remember
cooks, there is a $200 Best of Show Award along with
monetary awards in each of the four categories. (See insert in
todays paper for details)
Common Ground Bluegrass Band will take the stage following the
23rd Annual Pumpkin Pie Eating Contest on Thursday where area
schools will vie for the coveted title. This years contestants
are: Nathan Thompson and Elle Roeder from Milan High School; Codie
Horan and Alanie Hooton from Jac-Cen-Del High School; Alex Messer
and Megan Bush from the Southeastern Career Center and Alec Gramaglia
and Kaitlyn Welch from South Ripley High School.
Friday, September 23 the rides will open at 5 p.m. as they do
both previous nights. A Vocal Talent Contest will be featured
from 5-6:30 p.m. after which Micah McFarland and Rick K &
The Allnighters will take the night away.
Those growing the giant pumpkins for the Saturday event will need
to know that weigh-in is at Gilpins Monuments located one
block south of the stoplight in Versailles on US 421. All pumpkins
will then be put at the end of the parade and the winners will
be announced from the stage.
The ever-popular parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. near the old
Tyson Methodist Church. There will be no parking along the parade
route after 2 a.m. that morning as organizers are getting floats
in place. Call 689-6524 for more information. Versailles Lions
Club members Linda Chandler and Wanda Burnett will emcee the parade
New this year after the parade is the Gold Star Chili Cheese Coney
Eating Contest at 12:15 p.m. Also, the Lions Club is offering
a free pumpkin decorating opportunity and face painting for children
in grades one through four on Saturday beginning at 12:30 p.m.
near the stage area. The Tyson Library Teens will be assisting
the children. Each pumpkin decorated can be taken home by the
The Pedal Tractor Pull and Race will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday
followed by The Secrets Band performing live on stage from 2:30
to 4:30 p.m.
The 12th Annual Versailles Pumpkin Show Cheerleading Competition
will be held at 4:30 p.m. The always popular Keith Swinney Band
will finish out the 109th Versailles Pumpkin Show from 6-8 p.m.
Tri Kappa will hold their annual Art Show in the lobby of the
courthouse each evening. More information on the show is available
by calling Mary Ann McCoy at 689-6115.
While there are fun items on the agenda from beginning to end,
there are some rules, according to Zinz. He said this year there
will be no bicycles, skateboards, dogs or people without shirts
on the square during the Pumpkin Show. This will be strictly
enforced, he told The Versailles Republican. He doesnt
want to put a damper on the affair, but said there has to be rules
to keep everybody safe.
For the residents of Versailles, there is a house decorating contest
that takes place the week of Pumpkin Show. There will be monetary
prizes this year for first $75, second $50 and third $25. Dont
miss out on the opportunity to showcase your place and get some
cash in doing so.
The Versailles Lions Club is thankful for the opportunity to serve
their community by organizing the Versailles Pumpkin Show year
after year. Last year alone the Lions Club put over $14,000 back
into the community through a variety of avenues including scholarships
and much more.
They are passionate about the program that goes into schools and
festivals that gives eye tests to children. They even purchase
glasses when needed. Their motto is "to serve".
Come to the Pumpkin Show, have a great time and support this great
organization that supports its local community.
For the full schedule for this years Pumpkin Show, see insert
inside todays paper.