Ninth Annual Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival

Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017 | 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Downtown's biggest festival, The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, returns for a ninth year on Saturday, Sept. 30. Visit Main Street Square, venture down Sixth St., and into Memorial Park for
a pumpkin catapult, giant pumpkin weigh-off, Downtown chef competition, Downtown pub crawl, the Regional Health Kidz Zone, vendors and more. The community-wide celebration of harvest season brings an estimated 25,000 people together for a day of fall fun!

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 www.sdsmt.edu/CAMP.

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 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

View the 2016 Downtown Chef Challenge winning recipe HERE.

2017 Kidz Zone Sponsor