The Western UP is the place to be September 29-October 2 for the 33rd Bessemer Pumpkin Festival. Events include helicopter rides, classic car and antique tractor shows, a variety of live entertainment, arts and crafts, plus scarecrow and totem pole contests and pumpkin bowling. It’s all fueled by lots of food, from a fish fry to sweet pie social, a chili cook-off and pumpkin pancake breakfast.
The stuff of Jack-o’-lanterns stars at the South Lyon Pumpkinfest October 1-2, followed by the Tuscola County Pumpkin Festival October 5-9 in Caro, where pie lovers look forward to the four-day pumpkin pie sale. The Thumb event features a pumpkin bake-off, a pumpkin derby race and the famous Bean Soup Giveaway. The theme of Zeeland’s October 6-8 Pumpkinfest is “Harvesting Goodwill.” The giant pumpkin drop is a highlight of the Davison Pumpkin Festival October 7-8 and the Pumpkinfest in Montague on October 8 features the annual Pumpkin Roll down Dowling Hill.