Applications open for 2021 Little Miss & Master Pumpkin Pageant

BRADFORD — The Bradford Pumpkin Show will be hosting its 15th Annual Little Miss & Master Pumpkin pageant on Wednesday, Oct. 13.

The pageant will begin at 4:30 p.m. on the North end entertainment stage with the winners announced following the parade. This event is sponsored by Littman-Thomas Agency, your community’s residential and business insurance provider since the 1860s. All contestants must be between 2 to 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 “After these short messages…” and contestants are asked to dress as something that is in their favorite t.v. show, cleaning product, food ad, or vacation hot spot.

All contestants will be judged on stage in 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.

Trophies will also be awarded to the Best Costume Little Miss & Master Pumpkin contestants.

All contestants are invited to ride through Wednesday’s parade in their own vehicle. If participating in the parade, the vehicle must be marked on both sides with the child’s name and be at the Bradford High School at 6:15 p.m. for the parade line-up.

Anyone interested in entering, please send a $20, non-refundable check made payable to the Bradford Pumpkin Show, c/o Kathy Weldy, 426 School Street, Bradford, OH 45308. Entry deadline is Sept. 30. Along with the entry fee, please include the child’s name, date of birth, parent’s names, e-mail address and telephone number where they can be reached. Also include a description of their costume and note their special interests, such as favorite cartoon, pet, hobby, et cetera. In addition, please note whether or not they will be participating in the Wednesday evening parade prior to the contest. Registration forms are available on the Pumpkin Show’s website at

A Little Miss & Master Pumpkin Float Contest will be held prior to the parade. It is asked that all floats be brought to the Bradford High School parking lot on Wednesday by 6:15 p.m. 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.

Little Miss & Master Pumpkin winners are asked to ride on the royalty float in the parade on Thursday and Saturday of the 2021 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.

For more information, please contact Kathy Weldy at 937-417-3010.