July 19 – Land Grant Announcement

Land-Grant Brewing Company

Ichabod and the Team at the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation are absolutely thrilled to have our dear friends at Land-Grant Brewing Company join us for the Fifth Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour! Practically family (and we're both October babies!), and a perennial favorite among our riders Land-Grant has been with us every year, and has hosted the finish line every year except one. Thank you to the folks at Land-Grant for always opening their doors to our event!

Land-Grant's signature paintball-stained logo has provided the backdrop for our ride since 2015.

Land-Grant has been a staple in the Franklinton community, supporting many causes in Central Ohio.

Register directly on our website - for 2019, we are hosting our own registration system, which should reduce costs by almost $400 versus 2018! This allows us to provide more support to our arts programming, curated by Alicia Vanderelli of the Vanderelli Room and 400 Square - more info on that very soon!

Mother Nature’s Trick – Rain Plans

Well, Pedalers, we were extremely fortunate for the first three years, but it looks like the weather is not going to cooperate with us tomorrow. I wanted to reach out to you all since so much of this event takes place outside.

The Ride: Our ride is designed to do three things - raise autism awareness, expose folks to our favorite businesses that they might not otherwise visit, and to be fun. I don't want the weather to change any of this, so I invite you to complete the course however you feel comfortable completing it. Those of you die hard riders that want to complete the route via bicycle, I salute you. We have the route marked, but with the overnight rain it is doubtful all of our route markers will be there. We will have maps including turn by turn directions at the starting line, and each stop will have a map for reference. If the rain has scared you away from riding, I invite you to complete the route another way - by car, by scooter, by helicopter. Our route features some amazing locations and it would be a shame to miss them! Our volunteers will still be set up at all six of the enroute stops, ready to complete your scorecard regardless of your method of transportation. Above all, the safety and enjoyment of our riders has been, and will always be, our top priority.

Rock For Autism: Throughout the course of the day, I have been in constant contact with the musicians, sound technicians, and hosts regarding our Rock For Autism event at Land-Grant. We are working diligently to find a suitable solution to an outdoor show in the rain, but at the moment we do not have one. The roof of the Beer Garden Stage was blown down and damaged in the storms earlier in the week and we simply cannot have the show in the elements.  Our solution may include a change in location and time, so I invite you to check the Facebook event page (click here) for the latest updates. I hope to have more information before today is over.

I appreciate each of you being so understanding - we have more people registered now than we ever have at the end of online registration - so thank you! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to reach out!

- John "Ichabod" Esterly, Founder

Donate to the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler

Do you live out of state? Can't make the ride on October 28, but want to be a part of the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler and support our mission to support quality programming to children and young adults on the autism spectrum? Join the ride as a Spectator!

For each $20 Spectator Donation, donors receive a 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Ride T-shirt in a size of their choosing (Small - 3X-Large) and a goodie bag of other 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler swag. These thank you gifts will ship after the Pumpkin Pedaler in late October. Please select your t-shirt size (or select not to receive a shirt) from the drop-down menu on this page, and click the Buy Now button and you will be directed to PayPal to complete the donation. Thank you for supporting the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation!


PRESS RELEASE: 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler


“Ride, Then Rock for Autism” – the 4th Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour

Local non-profit the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation announces the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour, to be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018 at noon. The ride will feature stops at six of Columbus’s favorite hanguts and include live music from Blue Spectrum at the finish line. Riders are eligible for prizes throughout the event. Proceeds benefit Central Ohio autism programs and services.

Columbus, Ohio – September 17, 2018: The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation is thrilled to announce their 4th Annual Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour, to be held on Sunday, October 28, 2018. This event will include a casual 15-mile tour of Central Columbus and features stops at six popular local businesses. Multiple prize packages will be awarded throughout the ride, and net proceeds benefit Central Ohio autism programs and services. Riders can register at www.PumpkinPedaler.com or at the starting line on the day of the tour.

The ride will begin at noon on October 28, with check-in and live registration beginning at 11:00am. BrewDog’s Franklinton Taproom (463 W. Town St) will host the registration and starting line. Riders are invited to arrive early, the first wave of cyclists will depart promptly at noon. Stops on the ride will include Bake Me Happy, the North Market, Mikey’s Late Night Slice (4th and Main), Brothers Drake Mead, and Sweet Carrot (Grandview) before the ride concludes at Land-Grant Brewing. Music will begin at 4:30, hosted by Land-Grant at their Beer Garden Stage. Riders will draw a playing card at each stop, and the rider with the best poker hand at the end of the event will win the grand prize, including a new bicycle from State Bicycle Company.

Over the past four years, the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation has grossed almost $7,000, primarily through their annual signature event. They have provided funding for Autism Speaks and the Community Computer Alliance and have hosted Arts in Autism tables at events throughout Columbus. The Foundation also lobbied successfully for the passage of Ohio House Bill 350 in 2016, which eliminated line-item exclusion for autism insurance coverage. This year, proceeds of the ride will benefit arts programs for children and young adults on the autism spectrum.

For more information, or to register or donate online, please visit: www.PumpkinPedaler.com

About the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation

The Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation was founded in 2015 to promote autism awareness, education, and research through community events in Columbus. Our goal is to engage participants in the conversation and call them to action while providing an entertaining background.

Media Contact:

John Esterly, Founder and Executive Director
(614) 238-8300



Prize Announcement: “The Pumpkin King”

Ichabod and the team are honored to present "The Pumpkin King," a piece by local mixed-media artist Daric Gill. Daric is based in Columbus, and has been involved with the Pumpkin Pedaler since the beginning. He has displayed his work internationally and has sold art on 3 continents and over 15 countries. His award winning oil paintings (The Absolutes Series) have been exhibited in such establishments as the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art Museum, South Korea, the John F. Peto Museum, New Jersey, the Edward Hopper House Museum, New York, George Billis Gallery, Los Angeles & Chelsea, New York, and the Pizzuti Collection Museum n Columbus.

He also has an internationally acclaimed line of illustrations called The ToeHeads that can be seen in the private collection of the Center of Science and Industry Museum (COSI) in Columbus - and in the private collections of previous Pumpkin Pedaler Grand Prize winners! This year, the Grand Prize winner will take home "The Pumpkin King," pictured here.

For the complete gallery of Daric Gill's Pumpkin Pedaler ToeHeads, visit our Pedaler History page!

Host Announcement: Blue Spectrum Band

Ichabod and the team are absolutely delighted to announce that our good friends at Blue Spectrum will be joining us for the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler! Land-Grant Brewing was kind enough to offer their Beer Garden Stage for the afternoon, and Blue Spectrum will be playing at the end of the ride as we determine the winner. This free show will also be open to anyone - even if you aren't able to ride, please join us in Franklinton for the show!

Blue Spectrum was founded by gifted guitarist Zayne Harshaw. Diagnosed with autism at the age of four, this determined young man taught himself to play the acoustic, electric and bass guitars at the age of 14. But it was his introduction to the blues sound that provided the musical construct from which he developed his own style. Blue Spectrum includes Amelia Rose on keys, Alan "Uncle Al" Jefferson on bass and vocals, and D'Arco Smith on drums. The band has played throughout Central Ohio this year, with sets at ComFest, the Gahanna Blues and Jazz Festival, and at the Blank and Brush Block Party.

"Life is not to be viewed through the single lens of a diagnosis but to be lived through the Spectrum of potential, promise and purpose." Blue Spectrum's mission is one that is near and dear to our hearts at the Pumpkin Pedaler Foundation. Their music is a testament to the fact that whatever your challenges, passion and drive will lead to great things.

Host Announcement: BrewDog Franklinton

Ichabod and the team are beyond thrilled to make the final stop announcement for the 2018 Pumpkin Pedaler Bicycle Tour - the BrewDog Franklinton taproom has graciously offered to host our starting grid! The folks at BrewDog have been making world-renowned beer for over a decade, and the Columbus area is truly fortunate to be the home to their US production facility and several of their taprooms. The Franklinton location is the newest, and their rooftop patio has quickly become one of the best summer hangouts in the Capital City.

Founded in Scotland in 2007, BrewDog has experienced meteoric expansion over the last ten years, fueled by a combination of savvy marketing, a reality TV series, a unique business model, and most importantly, great beer! Their beer has one awards across the world in major competitions, and is now available on tap right here in Franklinton. Like what you drink? Their Equity for Punks program allows you to own a piece of the action by making a micro-investment in the company - joining more than 80,000 other Equity Punks worldwide.

BrewDog is no stranger to cycling. Their Chain Gang is a global cycling club spreading the gospel of bikes and beers. They don't have a chapter in Columbus yet - let's change that, Pedalers! Be sure to get to BrewDog early - sign in and live registration starts at 11:00 on Sunday, October 28, and they will be open and ready to draw a pint for you while you wait for the Pumpkin Pedaler to begin at noon!

Host Announcement: Brothers Drake Meadery

Ichabod and the team are absolutely thrilled to announce the Brothers Drake Meadery will be hosting our stop in the Short North. Brothers Drake has been on our radar for years, but are typically closed on Sundays. However, as a special gift the the Pumpkin Pedaler, Brothers Drake will be opening at 1pm to host our cyclists on October 28. A very special thank you to the amazing team at Brothers Drake for making this happen!

Ichabod and Mrs. Pedaler have been fans of Brothers Drake for years - but what is mead? Made in a process almost identical to wine, mead uses honey instead of grapes to provide the sugar content. The process is thousands of years old, and appears in nearly every culture that had access to honey. The team at Brothers Drake are true artisans - their mead is painstakingly made from locally-sourced ingredients and aged in their production facility behind the bar. We recommend getting a flight to try several different varieties, or ask their expert staff for a recommendation.

Brothers Drake isn't just about mead - they have developed a reputation in the Columbus music scene for hosting an ecclectic mix of jazz, reggae, and indie music in their meadery. Their walls are lush with local art, for sale direct from the artists. The bar serves their assortment of meads, but also has local beer on tap and their cocktails feature spirits from their neighbors at Middle West Spirits, crafters of the OYO line. If you enjoy the experience during the Pumpkin Pedaler, we highly encourage you to book a spot on one of their Saturday meadery tours!

Host Announcement: Mikey’s Late Night Slice

Ichabod and the team are absolutely delighted to announce our second new stop for 2018 - Mikey's Late Night Slice! Our friends at Mikey's have been growing by leaps and bounds, and are hosting our downtown stop at their 4th and Main District location, which opened in late 2015.

Mikey's Late Night Slice has been a favorite of ours for years - from the shack in an abandoned parking lot, to grabbing a slice at our favorite concerts. We still call Unicorn Sauce... something else... and have made a lot of dolphins very happy over the years. Ichabod takes his plain-ass pepperoni with a fine line of ranch, a fine line of Unicorn Sauce, and folded in half, street-style. What's your favorite?
In addition to feeding the masses, Mikey's has been a consistent driving force in our community. They have collaborated with other great local restaurants like Hot Chicken Takeover and 2016 Grandview host Fusian to take us on a flavor adventure while supporting great causes in Columbus. Great causes like the Columbus Diaper Bank have benefited from their generosity and they have been vocal supporters of Columbus Pride. (Photo courtesy of Compton Construction)

Host Announcement: Land-Grant Brewing

It’s impossible for the Pumpkin Pedaler team to think of our ride and not think about our dear friends at Land-Grant Brewing. They were the first business to take a chance on our fledgling idea during year one, and we have been so blessed to grow up together. For the fourth year, Land-Grant will host our Franklinton stop at their Town Street taproom, which has grown to include a beer garden and stage in the previously unused lot west of the building.

Our big brother, as it were, Land-Grant opened their doors in Franklinton in October of 2014. Through a mix of community involvement, great beer (I mean, Glory? Come on), and most importantly, the best kind of people, Land-Grant quickly became a favorite spot to meet friends. They have quickly become one of the anchor businesses in East Franklinton, which over the past decade has shifted from a forgotten cluster of vacant factories into one of Columbus's most vibrant communities, home to 400 West Rich, the Columbus Idea Foundry, and the Vanderelli Room.

Land-Grant's taproom has dozens of brews on tap, including a rotating visitor from another local brewer. They feature a rotating selection of food trucks, and host the Columbus Crew's away games as passionate supporters of the soccer club. Our friends have also grown to include a location at the John Glenn Columbus International Airport, and can be found at Mapfre Stadium, Nationwide Arena, and other venues where fine beer is poured.