10th Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018 | 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Downtown's biggest festival, The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, returns for the tenth year. 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 pub crawl, Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone, pony rides, vendors and more. 

For vending opportunities, call 605.716.7979 or email info@mainstreetsquarerc.com.

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’ in Memorial park. For more information about CAMP, visit sdsmt.edu/CAMP.

2017 Pumpkin Chuckin' Winners
1st place: Steel Bridge CAMP Team
2nd  place: Robotics CAMP Team
3rd place: Formula Racing CAMP Team

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.

Top 2017 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off Winners
1st place: 951 pounds, Kevin Marsh, Parker, SD
2nd place: 855 pounds, Team Evans/Winey, Rapid City, SD
3rd place: 564 pounds, Team Evans/Winey, Rapid City, SD
4th place: 480 pounds, Mark Kaiser, Spearfish, SD
5th place: 452 pounds, Kyle and Tara Kaiser, Edgemont, SD

Ugliest Pumpkin: 251 pounds, Bruce Easton, Rapid City, SD
Howard Dill Award: 216 pounds, Ethan Hook, Rapid City, SD
1st  Place Squash: 436 pounds, Matt Winey, Rapid City, SD
2nd Place Squash: 133 pounds, Ethan Hook, Rapid City, SD

Downtown Chef Challenge
2017 Downtown Chef Challenge Winners

1st Place: (kōl), Chef Josh Cumiford, Pumpkin and pork belly risotto with pumpkin verjus and crispy butternut squash curl
2nd Place: Murphy's Pub & Grill, Chef Katlyne Patterson, Pumpkin gnocchi with wild boar, oyster mushrooms and sage cream sauce
3rd Place: Hotel Alex Johnson/Vertex Sky Bar, Chef Chris Stamp, Pumpkin and braised pork belly over pumpkin and sweet potato gnocchi

View the 2017 Downtown Chef Challenge winning recipe HERE.

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.
 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.

2018 Major Event Sponsor

2018 Pumpkin Catapult Sponsor

2018 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off Co-Sponsor

2018 Harvest Market Sponsor

2018 Stage Sponsor

2018 Beverage Garden Sponsor

2018 Kidz Zone Co-Sponsors