The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 at 9 AM – 4 PM
Rapid City, Main Street Square

Downtown’s biggest festival, The Great Downtown Pumpkin Festival, returns for the eleventh year. Visit Main Street Square, venture down Sixth St., and into Memorial Park for a day full of fall fun including TWO rounds of pumpkin catapults, giant pumpkin weigh-off, Downtown pub crawl, Regional Health and Scull Construction Kidz Zone, vendors and more.

Pumpkin Chuckin’ Catapults

3… 2… 1… Launch! Teams from the Center for Advanced Manufacturing and Production (CAMP) at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology star in Pumpkin Chuckin’ in Memorial park. For more information about CAMP, visit

2018 Pumpkin Chuckin’ Winners

1st place: 556 Points, Robotics CAMP Team
2nd place: 450 Points, Formula Racing CAMP Team
3rd place: 431 Points, Douglas High School Team

Giant Pumpkin Weigh-Off

Before dawn the morning of the event, giant pumpkins can be seen in pick-up beds and on trailers heading to Downtown Rapid City. The pumpkin festival is a certified Great Pumpkin Commonwealth weigh-off site, where the pumpkins are carefully inspected, measured and weighed.

Top 2018 Giant Pumpkin Weigh-off Winners

1st place: 1250 pounds, Kevin Marsh, Parker, SD
2nd place: 1,211 pounds, Robert Borgers, Spring Lake Park, MN
3rd place: 858 pounds, Michael Erickson, Plankinton, SD
4th place: 712 pounds, Jerry Hook, Rapid City, SD
5th place: 622 pounds, Bruce Eaton, Rapid City, SD

Ugliest Pumpkin: 216 pounds, Ann Fischer, Rapid City, SD
Howard Dill Award: 1,211 pounds, Robert Borgers, Spring Lake Park, MN
1st Place Squash: 693 pounds, Matt Winey, Rapid City, SD
2nd Place Squash: 173 pounds, Jerry Hook, Rapid City, SD

Special thank you to our event sponsor, Vast Broadband, Pumpkin Catapult Sponsor, RESPEC, Stage Sponsor, The Hotel Alex Johnson, Beverage Garden Sponsor, Bud Light, Kidz Zone Co-Sponsors Regional Health and Scull Construction Service, Progress Sponsor, U.S. Bank and Media Sponsor, The HomeSlice Group.

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