The greatest free show on earth runs through Saturday night in Circleville
The so-called "greatest free show on earth" was gearing up Tuesday night, outside of Circleville Council...where the festival's two leaders appeared, and the two ruling influences of "Roundtown" met.
As Circleville's Mayor, this is Don McIlroy's first time in elected office - as well as the first time he is the leader of the annual festival in Roundtown. The giant pumpkin weigh-in gets things going...right after his grand opening this Wednesday morning.
But Circleville councilman Barry Keller is the real mayor of the 106-year-old event. He is the leader of more than 250 volunteers who make it all happen.
Among the seven parades, a big item this year is a Thursday appearance by a famous Ohio college marching band. No, the other one: the Ohio University Marching 110.
It all adds up to a giant, orange, family-fun fest. You can find more at PumpkinShow.com.
hear Keller on being the great pumpkin leader
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils, and has already had his annual pumpkin-flavored ice cream
The pumpkin tower of the 2012 Circleville Pumpkin Show
McGuffey Lane in the preview Tuesday night
Court Street during preview
And some of it is pumpkin-flavored...
All dressed up for the Great Pumpkin show