Pumpkinfest, German Heritage Days This Weekend

Fort Loramie's new gazebo, sidewalks and landscaping in Canal Park will be completed for this year's German Heritage Festival on Sept. 25-26.
Staff Writer


The villages of Fort Loramie and New Bremen will both celebrate the fall season this weekend, with Fort Loramie presenting German Heritage Days and New Bremen putting on Pumpkinfest.

German Heritage Days

The Fort Loramie German Heritage Days  returns  for its 11th  Anniversary Friday, Sept. 25 and Saturday, Sept. 26. Polka music will be provided by Alpine Express. Also returning are the acoustical duo  Freelance on Saturday, along iwith DJ Obie throughout the event. Along with the festive music is food from Winner’s whole hog sausage and sauerkraut,  homemade potato soup, to apple dumplings and German chocolate cake, and much more. The festival also features a selection of beers on tap from Leinenkugel, Miller Lite, Yuengling, and — new this year —  craft beers from the Moeller Brew Barn.   The 5th Annual Kegs-N-Kraut Road and Trail 5K will be held on Saturday morning, with a  a scenic run or walk down the back roads of Fort Loramie as well as enjoying the view while passing along the historical canal.  Prizes are handed out under the big tent. The  Car Show and Cruise-In will also be held on Saturday morning on the north side of  Canal Park.   At noon, Greg Shipley will display his artifacts and be discussing the excavations of the fort site on Fleckenstein’s Farm and at 1 p.m. James Williams will have a presentation on the surveying of the Greenville Treaty Line in the Gazebo, weather permitting.  On Saturday night  a beer hoisting contest starts at 10 p.m.


New Bremen’s Pumpkinfest is in its second decade of a celebration of everything fall. This year’s event will features live music, artisan showcase and a bicycle ride for two days in the village. Pumpkinfest opens on Friday, Sept. 25 at 4 p.m. with a trio of bands taking the stage. Jelloship plays at 6:30 p.m., Forgery at Best plays at 8 p.m. and Top Shelf performs at 9 p.m. Pumpkinfest closes at midnight and re-opens on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 a.m. The Great Pumpkin Roll Bike Ride takes off at 8:30 a.m. with day-of registration only. The 60-mile ride starts at 8:30 a.m. The 30-mile ride begins at 9 a.m. The ride features scenic, lightly traveled roads with flat to rolling terrain. Rest stops will be available through out each of the routes. Mechanical support and a sag wagon will be available. Registration starts at 7 a.m. in the Crown Pavilion. Registration is $25 with a t-shirt or $10 without a t-shirt. The artisan showcase, which features jewelry, fine art, photography, stained and blown glass and poetry, along with inflatable open at 10 a.m. Josh Smedley performs at 11:30 a.m. The Ohio State football game will be available for viewing at noon. There’s a 3 p.m. cornhole tournament. Trey Stone and The Ringers take to the stage at 4 p.m. The pie eating contest, with local celebrities starts at 6 p.m. Beth Magers performs at 6 p.m. Roots of a Rebellion plays at 9 p.m. and Pumpkinfest closes at midnight. A His & Hers raffle will give away a first-prize dinner and a movie for a year, with 12 area restaurant gift certificates and 24 movie passes, a prize worth $1,000. Tickets are $5 or $25 for five tickets. Second prize is a smoker grill or landscape fountain . Third prize are watches. Fourth prize is a muzzle loader gun and a $200 massage clinic gift certificate.