Montague Pumpkin Roll!

From Michigan Backroads:

“For years, the Montague residents have told stories of late night ‘rollings’ when youngsters raced to outwit authorities by sending pumpkins off the back of pick-up trucks. Now, the ROLL is sanctioned and ribbons and buttons are awarded to the winners of each heat!  When they holler “ready-set-go,” veteran pumpkin rollers get ready to unleash a pack of rolling pumpkins down the Dowling Street Hill in downtown Montague, Michigan.  Hundreds of residents and visitors wait in line to roll their favorite pumpkin down this mid-town hill.

The famous Pumpkin Roll down Dowling Hill (also known as the Town Hill and the Franklin Hill) begins with registration at 9:30 am. The event features over 700 pumpkin rolling contestants from age six months to age 95. Fun for the whole family with pumpkin pie baking contests, seed spitting contests, pumpkin painting and carving contests – and much more. The White Lake Senior Center will have food specials to go along with vendors selling elephant ears, hot dogs, pizzas, candied apples, etc. For more information, call the White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce at 231-893-4585.”

I LOVE fall in Michigan.



Edit: I should clarify, the video is my work. I planned to post photos but the video was a perfect summation of the whole festival; young and old chasing pumpkins down a hill. There were other activities but the roll was the thing.

It was my first time visiting the festival. We almost moved to Montague on the strength of it’s ‘artsy’ vibe and the fact they do stuff like this pumpkin roll as a community.

On the strength of my vid I’ve snared some younger family members interested in going up with me next year. I LOVE fall in Michigan!

13 thoughts on “Montague Pumpkin Roll!

    • The BEST fall thing ever, one of the farmers on the orchard tour had a trebuchet and you could buy your pumpkin, give him an extra dollar and, baby, you could FLING that pumpkin out into a field. It was a satisfying sound.

      Trebuchet’s…lawyers…he only did it for a couple of years and then it was hush hush like it never happened. I wonder if someone got hurt or an overprotective parent complained.

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