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Pumpkin pizza? Pumpkin chili dogs? Get them this weekend at Ohio’s largest and oldest festival

Pumpkin pizza? Pumpkin chili dogs? Get them this weekend at Ohio’s largest and oldest festival

Sav McKee

The drive out to Circleville is worth the infamous pumpkin pizza alone – a thin crust with a pumpkin sauce base, gooey cheese, and topped with sprinkles of cinnamon sugar, made for the last 20 years by Heritage Nazarene. Some make the trek to The Circleville Pumpkin show just for this pizza, found at a small but mighty vendor booth.

But, of course, this being a pumpkin-centric festival, there are dozens of other pumpkin-themed foods you have to try.

For a more savory twist on pumpkin, try a Pumpkin Burger, which is similar to a Sloppy Joe, but with a meaty, pumpkin sauce. The iconic Pumpkin Chili will be there this year, too, made both with pumpkin and a regular tomato base. And there’s also Pumpkin Chili Dogs, Pumpkin Coney’s, Pumpkin Pierogies, and even Pumpkin Corn Dogs.


If you’re hankering for something sweet, there’s Pumpkin Cheesecake, Pumpkin Cotton Candy, Pumpkin Taffy, fudge, pie, waffles, donuts, cream puffs, cider, coffee, hot chocolate…all featuring one of America’s favorite autumn fruits.

The Circleville Pumpkin Show is considered Ohio’s largest and oldest festival, originally started in 1903 as a way to bring the Circleville community together. Since then, it’s grown into 8 blocks of nonstop fun, with 25-30 amusement rides, over 300 food booths featuring pumpkin delicacies, plus games, crafts, vendors, pet & baby parades, live entertainment, and much more. This festival attracts about 100,000 visitors per day, according to their website. 

The festival starts today, October 18th, until October 21st. It’s located at 159 East Franklin St. in Circleville, Ohio. Admission is free, but bring some money for that pumpkin pizza.

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