Mauston Pumpkin Bash

Mauston Pumpkin Bash is one of the many classic fall festivals in Wisconsin. Take in the crisp fall air. Relax on the banks of the Lemonweir River gazing at the beautiful fall foliage along the riverbanks. This event features halloween costumes (of course!), a chili cook-off, geo-caching, kids games, trunk or treating, pumpkin carving, lighting and smashing! It presents a fun-filled day for young and old. To keep track of the latest happenings on Pumpkin Bash, check out our Mauston Pumpkin Bash Facebook Page.

Pumpkin Smashing

Pumpkin Bash features two pumpkin smashing programs. The first is being organized by the Mauston iLead Charter School. The students have split up into teams to design and build a unique pumpkin smashing device, trebuchets and the like. Event attendees will then pay the student teams to smash, launch and splatter pumpkins. The team to earn the most money for their selected charity by obliterating the most pumpkins will win.

The second program is a smash out cancer event. Manthey Salvage has generously donated a vehicle, painted orange, which participants can take one swing of a sledge hammer for a dollar. Proceeds are in memory of the late Cynthia Makowan, who was instrumental in launching and organizing the Annual Mauston Pumpkin Bash Event and died of brain cancer in 2013.

Trunk or Treat

Come join us for the 5th year of Trunk or Treat. If you are new to the event, it is a play on the phrase “Trick or Treat.” Families and friends park their vehicles (preferably decorated). The children (preferably in Halloween costumes) then go from car to car trick-or-treating. Basically, it is tailgating and trick or treating combined into one. The benefit of this type of event is one central location, so children do not have to cross streets or walk an entire neighborhood to collect candy. Judging and prizes will take place for the best decorated vehicle and kids costumes. Parents of children planning to participate in the Costume Contest should plan to participate in Trunk or Treat.

So that we may properly plan for staging vehicles, we do ask those families, businesses or organizations wishing to participate in this event to RSVP via e-mail by Thursday, October 9th. Please RSVP by sending an email to either the City of Mauston at [email protected]

Chili Making / Bread Baking Contest

Judging will start around Noon. Winner will be announced around 2:15pm.

Rules: Please review the information below, complete and return the registration form.

  • $5 entry fee - due the day of the contest
  • Limited tasting by public for all chili entries is $2 and bread is $1
  • All entries are to be made from scratch - no mixes please.
  • Bring entry(ies) by 10:00AM on Saturday, October 10th, 2015 to the Mauston Pumpkin Bash at Riverside Park on Mansion St under the Band Shell. Look for the “Chili and Bread Contest” signs.
  • Each chili contest participant must bring at least four (4) quarts of chili
  • Each bread contest participant must bring at least two (2) standard size loaves , or two (2) 9” X 13” pans of bread.
  • Winners will be announced at 2:15pm Saturday.
  • Judging will be done by volunteer judges.
  • Clearly label non-disposable containers.pumpkin bash layout
  • Submission of the completed entry form represents your permission to release your image and name to be published in local print and radio media as a contestant or winner.
  • Return completed registration forms to: Mauston Chamber, Chili & Bread Contest, PO Box 171, Mauston, WI 53948 or Fax to 608-847-5372 Attn Chamber. Registration forms are available at Mauston City Hall, Mauston Chamber of Commerce or download it by clicking here.

Questions may be directed to: John Noga at 608-547-1419

Do you have the guts?

Juneau County Food Pantries and 4-H Clubs do!

This year they are teaming up to “gut”, sell, carve, and light 1,000 pumpkins at the Pumpkin Bash. Help them achieve this goal by coming to the event, buying a pumpkin, and carving it. The best part… You get to name your own price on the pumpkin you choose. Don’t have any money…bring down a can or even a bag of nonperishable items. All proceeds for this event will go to Juneau County Food Pantries (split by % of households served). The goal is to carve and light over 1,000 pumpkins and raise over $5,000 at the event. This event, in connection with the Pumpkin Bash, will take place at Riverside Park on Saturday, Oct 11th, from 10am – 7pm. The event will include judges, awards and prizes, and a jack-o-lantern lighting along the Riverwalk. After the lighting there will be a movie in the park and participants will be able to pick up their pumpkins to take home. Come, support, and help us take on this excellent cause for our community.