Festival Events



Great Lakes Timber Show

The lumberjack show features chainsaw carving, axe throwing, horizontal wood chopping, two-man crosscut sawing, log rolling and loads of humor. Other events can be presented are vertical wood chopping and one man crosscut sawing. The  show employs from 2-4 performers.

Bruce Belanger has never won a lumberjack competition but that does not prevent the founder of the Great Lakes Timber Show from introducing himself as the current and five-time trystate champion.  He has tried in every state and hasn’t won a darn thing although he thinks it helps to have a title to get hired.

The Escamaba, MI native began logrolling when he was 17 years old. He worked with the Hank Peters Lumberjack Show for many years before beginning the Great Lakes Timber Show 20 years ago.

Demand for family entertainment at fairs has increased in the past several years presenting Bruce with abundant opportunities for work. He performs at state and county fairs in the summer and sport shows in the winter.

Traveling is the toughest part of the business but getting laughs from little kids and adults far outweigh the burdens of traveling. Life on the road does have its advantages. Numerous celebrities have appeared at his shows, including two defensive ends for the New York Giants who attempted the logrolling event. He also met his wife at a fair.

The Great Lakes Timber Show has appreared at State Fairs, County Fairs, Theme Parks, Festivals and Sport Shows across the United States for over 20 years. Members of the show have appeared on ABC’s Wide World of Sports, ESPN, CBS This Morning, NBC Today and Good Morning America. The timber show is family freiendly entertainment for all venues large and small.

Johnny Peers’ Muttville Comix 

Johnny Peers’ introduction to the circus came at an early age. His father ran a concession stand at the Ringling Circus where Johnny helped out. While working with his father he continually managed to sneak away to watch the clowns and eventually decided to be one. He joined the Ringling Clown College and graduated in 1970. Johnny got his first pup from the Humane Society in 1972, which quickly became part of the show. He continued to pick up dogs over the years and eventually ended up with the troupe of dogs he has today. Each has their own character and attributes, providing for a range of exciting and talented performances, such as jumping rope, climbing ladders, knocking Johnny down and of course walking all over him.

Johnny Peers’ Muttville Comix is a menagerie of mongrels. He has acquired each of these animals through pet shelters.  Any dog can be a good dog. Any animal likes kindness, attention and affection. With a Charlie Chaplin like shuffle, Peers silently plays the fall guy to his mutts. The flawless comic timing, choreography and uncanny collaboration produce a truly great show.

The Muttville Comix have television appearances that include David Letterman, Regis & Kathy Lee, Primetime Live, Travels with Harry and Seinfeld.

Johnny Peers has successfully presented his hilarious comic canine routine from coast to coast and on four continents. He and his doggie ensemble have toured with Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey, The Big Apple Circus, Shrine Circuses, Cruise Boats, Fairs and school programs. The troupe has been featured at Busch Gardens, Circus of the Stars and Disneyland.

The Butterfly Encounter

All patrons receive ‘feeding sticks’ which allow everyone to feed and interact with the butterflies, while taking as many pictures as they would like!

It is an amazing, educational and one of a kind exhibit! Come to the West Virginia Pumpkin Festival and feed a butterfly!

Mr. Puppet


We are in the business of Laughter- since 1996! Professional marionettes & ventriloquist shows for children, family, grown ups and seniors alike! Learn more at: www.mrpuppet.com

Intrepid Helicopter Rides

West Virginia Pumpkin Festival Helicopter Rides

-Helicopter carries 3 passengers and we must have 2 passengers to go

-Weight limit per passenger is 275 lbs and the total weight for all 3 passengers is 600 pounds.

-If the total weight is getting close to 600 pounds or the individual weight is over 200 pounds you will be subject to get on a scale that only we can read. This is for everyone’s safety and to abide by the limits of the aircraft.

-prefer children older than 2 years old and all minors must be accompanied by a parent or guardain.

Smokey Bear

Created in 1944, the Smokey Bear Wildfire Prevention campaign is the longest-running public service advertising campaign in U.S. history, educating generations of Americans about their role in preventing wildfires. As one of the world’s most recognizable characters, Smokey’s image is protected by U.S. federal law and is administered by the USDA Forest Service, the National Association of State Foresters and the Ad Council. Despite the campaign’s success over the years, wildfire prevention remains one of the most critical issues affecting our country. Smokey’s message is as relevant and urgent today as it was in 1944.



Living History Encampment (Pre 1840)


Pumpkin Park Gift Shop

In 2017 The WV Pumpkin Festival teamed up with Knight Lander Designs of the Cabell County Career and Technical School to design, produce and help sell the shirts sold in our gift shop. We’re proud to announce we’ve teamed up again this year!

Arts and Crafts

Glass Blower

Ryan Gothrup & Mobil Glass Studio

Three Rivers Avian Center “Birds Of Prey”

Apple Butter Making

Apple Butter being made and sold by the Lincoln County FFA.

Grist Mill

Provided by Cooper Farm

Chainsaw Carver

Quilting Exhibit


Roasted corn by the Cabell Midland High School FFA

Heroes for Higher

The Living Statue

Contact Pumpkin Park

Phone: 304-743-8774


Visit Pumpkin Park

1 Pumpkin Way

Milton, WV 25541, USA