BRADFORD — On Wednesday, Oct. 11, the Bradford Pumpkin Show will be hosting its 13th Annual Little Miss & Master Pumpkin pageant. The pageant will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the north end stage, with the winners announced following the parade.
All contestants must be between 2-5 years of age as of Oct. 1, and must be able to walk onto the stage by him/herself. The theme for this year’s pageant is “Red, White, and Blue American Heroes.” Dress as your favorite American hero, whether your hero is fiction or real. From Superman flying to the rescue, to a police officer keeping our town safe — heroes come in many different forms and this is your chance to bring your hero to life through your pageant costume. Costumes should include the colors red, white, and blue.
All contestants will be judged on stage in the following categories: Appearance, Stage Presence/Poise, Originality and Crowd Response. There will be no pre-judging or interviewing of the contestants.
The Little Miss & Master Pumpkin winners will each receive $50 and a trophy. First runner-up winners will receive $25 and a trophy, and second runner-up winners will receive $15 and a trophy. We will also award a trophy to the Best Costume for both the Little Miss & Master Pumpkin contestants.
All contestants are invited to ride through the Royalty parade in their own vehicle. If participating in the parade, you must have your vehicle marked on both sides with the child’s name and be at the Bradford High School at 6:15 p.m. Oct. 11 for the parade line-up.
If you are interested in entering, please send a $20 non-refundable check made payable to the Bradford Pumpkin Show, c/o Kathy Weldy, 426 School St., Bradford, OH 45308. Entry deadline is Sept. 30, 2017. Along with the entry fee, please include child’s name, date of birth, parents’ names, e-mail address and telephone number. Also, include a note of any special interest(s) the contestant may have (e.g., favorite cartoon, pet, hobby, etc.). In addition, please note if you will be participating in the Wednesday evening parade prior to the contest.
Again this year, there will be a Little Miss & Master Pumpkin Float Contest prior to the parade. We ask that all floats be brought to the Bradford High School parking lot on Wednesday by 6:15 pm for judging. Best Float Overall will receive $75 and a trophy, second place will receive $50 and a trophy, and third place receives a trophy.
We ask that the Little Miss & Master Pumpkin winners ride on the royalty float in the parade on Thursday and Saturday of the 2017 Bradford Pumpkin Show. Float winners are also invited back to participate in these parades. Please be at the Bradford High School by 6:15 p.m. for the parade line up on Thursday and 3:15 p.m. on Saturday.
If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Weldy at (937) 417-3010.