BRADFORD — The 88th annual Bradford Pumpkin Show will celebrate the village’s sesquicentennial beginning on Oct. 2, with a new event.
Instead of the customary house and property-decorating contest, residents are asked to decorate one of the light poles lining Miami Avenue and Main Street in keeping with the theme, “Travel Through Time with Us as Bradford Celebrates 150 Years.”
Poles can be decorated to depict anything pertaining to the last 150 years, including history, fashion, inventions, sports, entertainment, famous people, or anything else that has meaning to the last 150 years.
Individuals and businesses not participating in the pole-decorating contest are still encouraged to put up fall decorations, pumpkins and lights to add to the festivities.
There will be $1,500 in total prize money awarded to the winners of the pole-decorating contest, which will be divided into three divisions:
• Individuals, families, friends, businesses, churches, clubs or organizations. Six winners will be chosen in this division, with each receiving $150.
• Elementary school class or organization, with one winner of $150.
• Grades 6-12 class, organization or sports team, with one winner of $150.
A People’s Choice award of $150 also will be awarded by popular vote. Votes for People’s Choice will be cast at Patty’s IGA, where donuts and cider will be available, sponsored by the Pumpkin Show committee. A random drawing of $150 will be held from all entries not winning another prize.
Decorations will be judged on Sunday, Oct. 2, beginning at dusk. They must be torn down by noon on Sunday, Oct. 9. The Bradford Pumpkin Show will take place Oct. 4-8. For information and a schedule of events, visit bradfordpumpkinshow.org.
Poles will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contest rules and how to participate, contact Glenna Curry at (937) 448-2897, April Brubaker at (937) 417-3049, or Rita Leis at (937) 901-3758.