Information provided by Ripley County Tourism Bureau
(Versailles, Ind.) – Giant pumpkins, concerts, contests, and a big parade invade the town of Versailles this week.
The Versailles Pumpkin Show enters its 109th year when it opens Wednesday evening and continues through Saturday on the Ripley County Courthouse Square.
The four-day event is organized by the Versailles Lions Club.
Wednesday night will feature the King and Queen Contest at 7pm on the stage. Prior to the contest Cheyenne Burress, a budding junior high student will sing for the crowd followed by the South Ripley High School Young Confederates. Sandy Pickett will close out the evening with Blues music.
Thursday evening’s events include One Lost Sheep Tom Williams performing Christian music at 5pm, then the highly anticipated Prince and Princess Contest at 7:00 p.m. The Pie Eating Contest will begin at 8:00 p.m., followed by the Common Ground Bluegrass Band.
Friday night screams talent as local performers hit the stage for the Talent Show at 5:00 p.m. Micah McFarland shows his Country style at 6:30 p.m., followed by Oldies at 8:00 p.m. by Rick K. & The Allnighters.
Saturday’s a very big day, starting with the annual parade at 10:30 a.m. Those wanting to participate in the parade should show up early near the Tyson Library, 325 W. Tyson St., and find a Lions Club member to register.
The inaugural Chili Dog Eating Contest, sponsored by Gold Star Chili will feature local high school students at 12:15 p.m. Fairgoers are encouraged to cheer on their favorite student. The afternoon will feature Kids Pumpkin Painting on the courthouse lawn beginning at 12:30.
The event many anticipate will begin at 1pm at the stage with announcement of the Giant Pumpkin winners. The giant pumpkins will also be on display.
Afternoon activities for families will include a Kids Tractor Pull, north of the stage, at 1:30, followed by the Classic Rock of The Secrets at 2:30. All things cheerleading will be on stage as local high schoolers participate in the Cheerleader Contest at 4:45. Country star Keith Swinney will close out the festival from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Saturday.
In addition to the carnival and stage activities each night, Tri Kappa will hold their annual Art Show in the main floor of the courthouse each evening. Area artists are invited to submit their work on Tuesday, September 20 between 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Judging will be September 21, and pick up between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 24. More information on the art show is available from Mary Ann McCoy at (812) 689-6115.
Pumpkin Show information is available at www.ripleycountytourism.com, click on Pumpkin Show, or call the Ripley County Tourism Bureau at (888) 747-5394.