New Bremen Hosts Pumpkinfest This Weekend

Staff Writer

New Bremen Pumpkinfest returns to Crown Pavilion in New Bremen September 22-23.

Founded in 2003, Pumpkinfest began as a small event for giant pumpkin growers to show off their biggest and most prized pumpkins.  Over the years, Pumpkinfest grew into a beloved local festival bringing in giant pumpkins from all over the Midwest and putting on equally giant events, like setting the record for the World’s Largest Pumpkin Pie in 2010.

In recent years, the New Bremen Pumpkinfest became a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and adopted a new purpose and mission.  The mission focust6es on giving back to the community by providing a quality harvest-style festival in celebration of music, art, food, football, friends, family, and all things pumpkin flavored.  In 2013, the New Bremen Pumpkinfest created a charitable fund at the New Bremen Foundation. 

“The goal is now to raise money which is donated to the New Bremen Foundation,” Jay Riethman of Pumkinfest’s committee said. “Last year we donated $8,000 to the NBF.  The money is being held and invested there until we have enough money, hopefully after this year’s event, to do a large project around New Bremen.  This will likely be in the form of some kind of parks and rec or kids project — playground equipment, community facility, kid’s events, etc.”

This year’s event will kick off at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 22nd with the “happy hour and a half” featuring drink specials.  Friday evening will feature kid’s inflatables and entertainment from Kaitlyn Schmit and Another Round.  

Saturday will begin with a pumpkin pancake breakfast at 7 AM, which will be served by the New Bremen Cub Scouts.  Proceeds will benefit their organization.

The Great Pumpkin Bike Ride will begin at 8:30 AM on Saturday with distances of 20, 30, and 60 miles.  Riders of all ages and skill levels are welcome.  Entrants can register in advance online or at the event. Online registration can be done by going to  

The Artisan Showcase will return on Saturday from 9 AM to 6 PM.  The Artisan Showcase will include social painting events and over 25 local vendors displaying their talents in a variety of mediums including chainsaw sculptures, photography, glass blowing, painting and more.  

Saturday’s entertainment will provide a variety of country, rock, and pop music from performances like the local favorite band Nashville Crush (10 PM – 1AM), Josh Smedley (9 – 10 PM), and What She Said (5 – 9 PM).  The committee is excited about the line-up because “there will be music from all genres which everyone can enjoy,” stated committee member Jay Riethman.  

Youth entertainment and activities includes the annual kid’s pie eating contest, sidewalk chalk contest, kids inflatables, face painting and balloon animals.  Play grounds are also nearby at the Komminsk Legacy Park and Jay-cee’s Park.

A car and motorcycle cruise-in will take place in the parking lot near the Komminsk Legacy Park and 17 West on Saturday from 10 AM to 3 PM.  Games will include shuffle mug and a cornhole tournament.

This year will feature craft beer from local breweries including Moeller Brew Barn, Tailspin Brewing Company, Lake Rat Brewing, and Yellow Springs Brewery.  Wine and domestic beers will also be available to compliment the great food selection including pumpkin brats and pumpkin pie.