2021 — Watertown, SD/US

Welcome to Pumpkinstakes!!

Dear High School Coaches,

On Saturday, October 30th, 2021, The Watertown Speech Department will once again be hosting the Watertown Individual Events and Congressional Debate Tournament Live and in Person! 

If you have any questions concerning the tournament, or if you have changes on Friday, please feel free to contact me at the school (882-6316 ext. 512) or call/text me (605-695-0646) or email me at michael.jacobsen@k12.sd.us

Changes Saturday morning should be called or texted to (605) 695-0646 [Michael Jacobsen] or (605) 520-4356 [Jordan Bakken.] Please leave a message with specific drops so they can be made before you arrive.

We will once again be offering Novice Interp this year. Please register your novice competitors in the correct division. We will be offering Novice Humor, Novice Drama, Novice Duo, Novice Storytelling, Novice Poetry, and Novice Non-Original Oratory. If numbers do not make sense or are too low we will combine novice events into a Mixed Novice Interp category.

Please note the schedule change for this year. Unfortunately, this means we will NOT be offering any Extemp, Oratory, or Informative...again/still. 

It is back! We will not be having the discussion but instead will be offering Congressional Debate. If numbers allow we will have 3 different houses (Varsity, JV, and Novice.) For those who are competing in Congressional Debate, please email Jordan Bakken (jordan.bakken@k12.sd.us) for the docket.

All Varsity Events Include: Drama, Humor, Duo, Poetry, Storytelling, Reader's Theatre, Non-Original Oratory, Original Oratory, Congressional Debate

All Novice Events Include: Drama, Humor, Duo, Poetry, Storytelling, Non-Original Oratory, and Congressional Debate.


Schedules for the tournament can also be found under the Schedule tab off to the Right. ---->

Registration - 7:30 - 8:00

General Meeting - 8:00 - 8:30 (or less)

IE Round 1 - 8:30 - 9:30

Congressional Debate - 9:00 - 11:00

IE Round 2 - 10:00 - 11:00

IE Round 3 - 11:30 - 12:30

Congressional Debate - 11:45 - 1:45

Finals - 1:30 - 2:30

Results/Awards - 3:00


Entries are due by 5:00 PM on Thursday, October 28th. Judge Entries and Fees are due by 5:00 PM on Friday, October 29th. Please do not call in your entry or send in forms. All entries must be registered here on Tabroom.com.


We're continuing again this year with our NEW "Pumpkin Patch!!" (*Differently Colored!) ;D As well as offering our classic Dakota Stoneware Pumpkin Mugs, Medals and Charms, and of course MINI PUMPKINS to all Finalists!

Join the fun and hopefully we'll see you for the Great Forensic Pumpkin on October 30th!


Michael Jacobsen / Jordan Bakken / Scott Walker / Kyle Downey / Danielle Harms / Chelsea Brink