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Pumpkin Walk

The Great Pumpkin Walk and Carving Contest Sponsored by
The Washington County Tourism Commission

October 27 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The third annual Great Pumpkin Walk and Carving Contest will be held Saturday, October 27th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm. This year the walk will be around the Salem Public Square in conjunction with the Parks and Recreation Trick or Treating at the Stevens Museum and the Halloween Parade sponsored by Turtlefish Clothing Co. and Angie Wilson, “Queen of Taxes”.

Washington County Tourism will furnish real pumpkins or participants can provide their own. Pick up pumpkins at the YMCA parking lot on Wednesday, October 24th after 3:00 pm, Thursday and Friday until 6:00 pm.

Entry for the contest will be held on Saturday, October 27th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Purlee Plaza, located on the corner of S. High Street and E. Market Street. You may enter as many pumpkins as desired.

There are three categories: Painted, Carved, Other (artificial, gourds, etc.)

What follows are the guidelines for participation. Please be sure to read all guidelines.

*Understandably, very young children shouldn’t be using sharp knives to carve pumpkins so painting is suggested. A parent may help with the carving, but please allow the design to be the child’s own to make it fair to all contestants.

*We will display pre-school entries but they will not be judged. Each pre-school participant will receive a certificate.

*Elementary… 2 divisions: Kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth in carved and painted pumpkins. Prizes for these categories are $50 for the winners.

*Middle School…The categories for middle school (Grades 6-8) include carved and painted pumpkins. Prizes for these categories are $75 to the winners.

*High School…High school categories include carved pumpkins, painted pumpkins, artificial pumpkin carving and alternative carving such as gourdes. Prizes for these categories are $100 to the winners.

*Adults…Adult categories include carved pumpkins, artificial pumpkin carving, painted pumpkins and gourde carving. Prizes for these categories are $150 to the winners.

Note: Entered pumpkins can be picked up by the participant after the event at 9:00 pm. Those not picked up by the designated time will be discarded.

We hope to see your creations and welcome you to enjoy the festivities.

Washington County Tourism Commission


George Washington at Vallye Forge

Washington County, Indiana was named in honor of U.S. President George Washington. Washington County is the 7th largest county in Indiana at 514 square miles.

As early as 1802, a man named Frederick Royce lived among the Ox Indians at a place known as the Lick, two miles east of Salem and is probably the first white man to inhabit this county. He was a hunter-trader and salt manufacturer. In 1803, Thomas Hopper was the first to settle in this county near Hardinsburg. Washington County, located in Southern Indiana was formed in 1814 and named in honor of U. S. President George, Washington and is the 7th largest county in Indiana at 516 square miles. Just 45 minutes away from French Lick, Indiana and Louisville, Kentucky.

Washington County and the surrounding areas offer a great variety of activities year-round! Whether it’s Christmas time at the county courthouse, gorgeous fall scenery along a beautiful lake, a spring hunt for mushrooms, or a summer festival, Washington County is a great place for all seasons. There are lots of things to do and see in and around Washington County, and we love being your host!


Adjacent Counties...

  • Jackson County (north)
  • Scott County (northeast)
  • Clark County (southeast)
  • Floyd County (south-southeast)
  • Harrison County (south)
  • Orange County (west)
  • Lawrence County (northwest)

Washington is one of only four counties in Indiana that borders eight others.


Washington County Indiana Historical Markers


Location: South side of Washington County Courthouse, Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

TEXT: "At this point Gen. John Hunt Morgan routed poorly armed militia and occupied Salem - July 10, 1863. The town was looted and $1, 000 ransom exacted from each mill owner."


Location: SR 135 at Brock Creek Bridge, SW corner, 0.5 mile north of Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

TEXT: "Located 40 rods west of this spot. Est. before 1812. Salem's early settlers are buried here including Brocks, Kemps, Hendersons; also John Zink, a ranger with Col. Dawalt, fatally wounded by Indians after the Pigeon Roost Massacre."


Location: NE corner of SR 135 & Lick Skillet Road, 8 miles north of Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

TEXT: "Nearby is the boundary of the Illinoian Glacier, which covered all but approximately 6, 250 square miles in south, central area of Indiana. Most of Indiana's topography was affected by four separate glacial advancements during Pleistocene epoch, circa one million years ago."


Location: North side of Washington County Courthouse, Salem. (Washington County, Indiana)

"County formed 1814 by General Assembly of Indiana Territory. Commissioners selected county seat and named it Salem. This third courthouse completed 1888 using locally quarried limestone. Designed in Richardsonian Romanesque Style by Harry P. McDonald, Louisville. Listed in National Register of Historic Places, 1980."
"Town platted 1814; historic district area includes original plat. Continues as geographical, governmental, business, and social center of county. Nineteenth and early twentieth century commercial buildings-in Italianate, Gothic, and Classical styles-surround public square. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1997."


Location: near 5751 East Greenbriar Road West, Pekin. (Washington County, Indiana)

"On July 8, 1863, Confederate General John Hunt Morgan and his men crossed the Ohio River at Brandenburg, Kentucky and entered Indiana. As a diversion on July 11, Confederate Captain William J. Davis and his troops crossed the Ohio River at Twelve Mile Island, Kentucky and were attacked. Davis and part of his force escaped into Indiana. "
"Heading to Salem on July 11, Davis and some of his men were captured near Pekin by 73rd Indiana Volunteers and a detachment of the 5th U.S. Regulars. Davis and several other soldiers were taken to New Albany and secured in the county jail. On July 13, Morgan's Indiana raid ended as he rode east out of Harrison on the Indiana-Ohio state border."


Location: On east Market Street, a couple of blocks east of the Court House in Salem (Washington County Indiana)

TEXT: "John Hay Center Historical Society organized 1897. Headquarters and genealogical Library in Museum Building.
Birthplace of John Hay built in 1824 as a school. John Hay, Secretary to Pres. Lincoln and Secretary of State for Presidents McKinley and T. Roosevelt was born here on Oct. 8, 1838. Stevens Memorial Museum – Built in 1970 as a Memorial to preserve the heritage in our community."

FREDERICK ROYSE 1750-1825...
Located at Horners Chapel on Horners Chapel Road, a couple of miles north of highway 150.

Located at old Quaker Church on Quaker road, just north of highway 56, a couple of miles east of Salem.

Located on Blueriver Road 1.5 miles from highway 60 at National City Bank in Pekin.

Located on highway 60 across from National City Bank.

TEXT: " In honor of Pekin, Indiana, a town reported to have held Fourth of July celebrations regularly since the 1830’s. Each July 4 citizens gather in Pekin to remember the birth of their nation and to pay tribute to the sacrifices made by their ancestors for the cause of American Independence."



Below are links to websites and contact information that may be of interest to you when planning a trip to beautiful Washington County Indiana.