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Pumpkins, Parades and Pies- Eureka's Pumpkin Festival Past, 1939 - 1961

   
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  1. 1909 antique car featured in the Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1953
    Beginning in 1953, antique vehicles were a float class in the Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade float competition. This 1909 model was entered into the 1953 parade.

  2. 4 G's Women's Club float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1946
    The 4 G's Women's Club of Eureka created this float for the 1946 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  3. 4-H float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1955
    This 4-H float entered in the 1955 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade features two children, a school house, and a barn. The banner above reads "4-H Balances Their Lives." The float skirt reads "From the Red School to the Red Barn."

  4. "Eureka Feeds The World" float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1949
    This tractor-pulled float features a large Earth being fed pumpkins. The float was entered in the 1949 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  5. "Eureka New Hampshires" float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1949
    This float, likely created by the Eureka Hatchery Company, features a broken eggshell with a little girl sitting inside. This float was entered in the 1949 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  6. "Eureka Pumpkin Center of the World" float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, circa 1951
    This circa 1951 float featured a boy and girl "driving" a team of chicks and hauling a load of pumpkins. The float banner proclaims "Eureka Pumpkin Center of the World."

  7. "Eureka's Crown Jewel" pumpkin float featured in the Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1953
    This parade entry in the 1953 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade featured a large center pumpkin and four attendants carrying pumpkin-topped staffs. The float is labeled "Eureka's Crown Jewel."

  8. "Eureka's Prize Pumpkins" Davenport School float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1949
    This float, created by Davenport School for the 1949 Eureka Pumpkin Festival, features children dressed up as pumpkins.

  9. "Horn of Plenty" float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1941
    This float, titled "Horn of Plenty," was created by Robert Faubel. Faubel won the grand prize in the float competition for his work. This float appeared in the 1941 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  10. "Orchids to Eureka" decorated truck, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1941
    This decorated truck features a large orchid on the bed and reads "Orchids to Eureka" on the skirt. The truck float appeared in the 1941 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  11. A church float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1955
    One of the many Eureka churches that entered a float in the Eureka Pumpkin Festival parades. This float features a large Bible and the Luke 10:2 verse: "The Harvest Is Truly Great."

  12. A close up view of decorated pumpkins on display at the Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1955
    This close up view of the pumpkins decorated by school children shows the creativity and variety of design ideas. These pumpkins were from the 1955 Eureka Pumpkin Festival.

  13. A few of the men who grew beards for the Eureka Pumpkin Festival - Eureka Centennial event, 1959
    For the 1959 Eureka Pumpkin Festival - Eureka Centennial event men were encouraged to grow beards and participate in a beard contest. This photograph shows just a few of the men who grew beards that year. Back row, left to right: Wayne Schertz, Gene Zimmerman, Willie Wettstein, Bob Smith, Joe Wettstein, and Wayne Bechtel. Front row, left to right: Bob Yaeger, Wayne Troyer, and Gerald Ehling.

  14. A team of six draft horses pulling float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1946
    Draft horses were used to pull this float in the 1946 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. There are six horses in the team.

  15. A woman and four children marvel over a pumpkin pie in anticipation of the Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1957
    Mrs. Robert Johann of the Junior Women's Club and four children marvel over a pumpkin pie in anticipation of the Eureka Pumpkin Festival. The Junior Women's Club sold whole, homemade pies for $1 each at the 1957 festival. They expected to sell 280 to 300 pies. The children pictured are Becky Johann, Eugenia Wuethrich, Paula Schwartzentraub, and Jeffrey Ryberg, all children of Junior Women's Club members. The photo was taken at the home of Mrs. Howard Wuethrich.

  16. American Legion Auxiliary float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1941
    The American Legion Auxiliary entered this decorated car in the 1941 Eureka Pumpkin Festival. Alluding to the imminent entry into World War II, the float banner reads "US of America For Defense."

  17. Antique car, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1947
    This circa 1914 car was entered into the Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade in 1947. One sign reads "Born 33 years ago; died ?"

  18. Antique lake pump, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1949
    This antique lake pump was entered in the 1949 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. It was possibly used by a fire department.

  19. Attendant Annette Hartter being escorted to the Eureka Pumpkin Festival stage for the coronation ceremony, 1949.
    1949 Eureka Pumpkin Festival Attendant Annette Hartter being escorted to the Eureka Pumpkin Festival stage for coronation ceremony. Left to right: Annette Hartter, unknown man.

  20. Award letter, paper ribbons, and envelope sent to Olivia and Cathrine Kempf for flower show entries, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1957
    This award letter was mailed to Olivia and Cathrine Kempf of Roanoke, Illinois, from the chairman of the 1957 Eureka Pumpkin Festival Flower Exhibits committee. The girls received a check for their first place finish in the flower show, and they also received paper first and third place ribbons. This set includes the letter, first place ribbon, third place ribbon, and envelope.

  21. B. H. Schumacher Jewelry Company float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1955
    The B. H. Schumacher Jewelry Company entered this float in the 1955 Eureka Pumpkin Festival Parade. The float's signs read "Our 35th Year" and "Key to Dependability."

  22. Baby carriage float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1950-1959
    Thi float featuring a baby carriage with pumpkin wheels and four babies was entered into one of the 1950s Eureka Pumpkin Festival parades. The float skirt reads "Quadruplets."

  23. Basket of Flowers float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1949
    This float was created by Robert Faubel and entered in the 1949 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. Featuring a large basket of flowers, the float won the Grand Prize that year in the float contest.

  24. Ben Franklin Store float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1941
    The Ben Franklin Store decorated this miniature vehicle and entered it in the 1941 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. The float banner reads "Ben Franklin Store."

  25. Ben Franklin Store float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1946
    The Ben Franklin store entered this float in the 1946 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. The float features four women eating pumpkin pie. The banner at the back of the float reads, "To serve you is our aim."

  26. Ben Johnson's truck of pumpkins, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1941
    Ben Johnson entered his truck filled with pumpkins in the 1941 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. Decorated truck of pumpkins was a class in the parade float competition. The banner above the pumpkins reads "Pumpkin Center of the World."

  27. Beta Sigma Phi float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1955
    Eureka College Beta Sigma Phi sorority created this float for the 1955 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. It features a large globe and a sign reading "Beta Sigma Phi from Pumpkin Center Around The World."

  28. Bicycle entry, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1939
    This decorated bicycle was ridden in the 1939 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  29. Bill Romersberger hauling a wagon-load of pumpkins, circa 1949
    Many area farmers cultivated pumpkins to be canned at Libby, McNeill, and Libby canning factory in Eureka. In this photograph, young Bill Romersberger is hauling a wagon-load of pumpkins grown on his family's farm southeast of Eureka.

  30. Bill Romersberger sporting a Eureka Pumpkin Festival - Eureka Centennial tie and beard, 1959
    Bill Romersberger was one of many men that participated in the beard growing contest for the 1959 Eureka Pumpkin Festival - Eureka Centennial.

  31. Blanche's Beauty Box decorated vehicle, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1940
    Blanche's Beauty Box decorated this vehicle and has a young girl riding on the hood in the 1940 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  32. Blanche's Beauty Box float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1941
    Blanche's Beauty Box entered this float featuring a three-generation family in the 1941 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. The float skirt reads "Neatness Counts Through All Generations."

  33. Bowling Green school float in Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1955
    The Bowling Green school entered this float featuring a split rail fence and corn stalks in the 1955 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. The float won the Youth Class in the float competition. The prize was $20.

  34. Bracelet given to Eureka Pumpkin Festival court member, Madelyn Wyss, to wear during the Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1955.
    This 7.5 inch glass and metal bracelet was given to Madelyn Wyss, a member of the Eureka Pumpkin Festival court, by the Eureka Community Association. The bracelet was part of a set which also includes a necklace and earrings. Ms. Wyss wore them during the Eureka Pumpkin Festival events.

  35. Center Street in Eureka, Illinois, during the Eureka Pumpkin Festival, circa 1950s
    This photograph was taken during a Eureka Pumpkin Festival from the corner of Main and Center streets, looking east towards Center street. The two-story brick Woodford County Farm Bureau building, 117 W. Center, is in the background. The photograph is believed to date to the 1950s.

  36. Ceramic pumpkin planter sold at the Eureka Pumpkin Festival-Centennial celebration, 1959.
    This small orange ceramic pumpkin planter was sold as a souvenir during the Eureka Pumpkin Festival - Eureka Centennial Celebration on September 24 - 26, 1959. It measures 3.25 inches wide by 3 inches tall. It was possibly made by the Morton Pottery Company.

  37. Communication: First Line Defense of a Democracy float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1940
    An unknown company or organization entered this float in the 1940 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. The float sign reads "Communication: First Line Defense of a Democracy" and features two oversized telephones and an American flag on one end.

  38. Coronation of the 1957 Eureka Pumpkin Festival Queen Joy Myers by the 1955 Queen Mary Ann Spaulding
    The former Eureka Pumpkin Festival Queen had the honor of crowning the new queen during the 1957 festival. Left to right: 1955 Queen Mary Ann Spaulding, and1957 Queen Joy Myers.

  39. Crown worn by Eureka Pumpkin Festival Queens for the 1959 and 1961 festivals.
    This four inch wide and three inch tall crown was worn by the 1959 and 1961 Eureka Pumpkin Festival Queens. There are two brown combs to anchor it to the head.

  40. Crowning of Eureka Pumpkin Festival Queen Clarabell Garber, 1949.
    1949 Eureka Pumpkin Festival Queen Clarabell Garber is crowned on the festival stage. Left to right: Peggy Ulrich, Virginia Sutter, Samuel Harrod, Clarabell Garber, Ralph Garber, Annette Hartter, and Delores Krumholz.

  41. Cub Scouts parade entry, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1946
    A Cub Scouts troop entered this pint-sized train in the 1946 Eureka Pumpkin Festival. It apparently had mechanical issues as a boy is kneeling at one of the front wheels with an oil can. There is also a man on stilts behind the Cub Scout group.

  42. Davenport Elementary School float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1947
    The 1947 Davenport Elementary School float for the Eureka Pumpkin Festival featured "future festival queens." Standing and wearing a 1958 sash is Ginny Johnson. Sitting in the background wearing a 1957 sash is Joy Myers, who ten years later was selected as the 1957 Eureka Pumpkin Festival Queen.

  43. Davenport Elementary School float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1955
    Davenport Elementary School created this float for the 1955 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. It features a boat named the "USS Davenport," a sail labeled "Excursion," and the float skirt reads "Sea of Knowledge."

  44. Davenport School float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1940
    Eureka's Davenport School created this horse-drawn wagon float featuring "King Pumpkin" accompanied by youth "soldiers" for the 1940 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade.

  45. Davenport School float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, 1950-1959
    For one of the 1950s Eureka Pumpkin Festivals, Davenport School created this float with children dressed as pumpkins. The top banner reads "EUREKA'S PRIZE PUMPKINS." Photograph was donated to Eureka Advocate Hospital by the family of James S. Williams.

  46. Decorated pumpkins lining the front of the Eureka Pumpkin Festival stage, 1955
    Every year school children would carve and decorate pumpkins for a decorated pumpkin contest. The pumpkins were donated by Libby, McNeill, and Libby Company. The pumpkins were then displayed on the stage during the Eureka Pumpkin Festival for the duration of the festival. These five pumpkins lined the front edge of the stage. The stage frame was covered with corn stalks.

  47. Decorated pumpkins, Eureka Pumpkin Festival, circa 1957
    Each year, children would select a free pumpkin from Libby, McNeill, and Libby and decorate it. After judging, the pumpkins were displayed on shelves behind a large pumpkin cutout on the main stage. The photograph was donated to Advocate Eureka Hospital by Dr. and Mrs. James Riley and Jerry Riley.

  48. DeeAnn Wettstein driving a battery-operated mini car, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1957
    DeeAnn Wettstein participated in the 1957 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade by driving a battery-operated mini 1955 Thunderbird car. The car pulled a wagon with a large crowned pumpkin. The sign read, "Pumpkin is King."

  49. Del's Merry Go Round Float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival Parade, 1955
    This float entered in the 1955 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade featured a miniature carousel.

  50. Delta Delta Pi float, Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade, 1941
    The Delta Delta Pi sorority created this float featuring angels in the 1941 Eureka Pumpkin Festival parade. The back of the float reads "You've seen the crowning Eureka's way / Now let's pay a visit this pumpkin day / Way up high to Heaven's portal / Down in the Earth Dante made immortal."

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