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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Pumpkinfest

It’s pumpkin time . . .

pumpkins1006 (6)Sure, we’ve all seen pumpkins and most of us have carved and decorated them, but in Damariscotta, Maine, folks really get pumpkinfest poster serious about pumpkins. For the past 4 years they’ve celebrated with a Pumpkinfest and Regatta. Imagine paddling a pumpkin – what fun (or not).

Grenville and I missed this year’s festival, but the contest entries were still displayed on the town’s main street when we visited this week – 24 giant pumpkins – carved, painted (or both) by artists of all ages.

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Ones that were intricately carved . . .

carved collage And some just plain FUN . . .

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pumpkin collage

Really shows you the creativity of folks. Grenville and I really felt like amateur pumpkin carvers after seeing these creations.

And, besides creativity, cash prizes go to the BIGGEST pumpkinGPC growers. Pumpkins are weighed in a weigh-off sanctioned by the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth (GPC) which promotes the hobby of growing giant pumpkins throughout the world. Many pumpkinfests feature cash awards for giant pumpkins from $750 to $2,500 and from $250 to $1,000 for giant squash.

Hmmm, maybe Grenville will plant pumpkins and squash again – could be a REAL cash crop!

5 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Now that is some majorly impressive pumpkin art.

Out on the prairie said...

Wonderful art, I have a friend who grows huge ones always hoping to win with weight.His wife says hobby turned obsession.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

AC. we certainly thought so too and the pumpkins alone were impressively sized.

Out on the Prairie, we did grow pumpkins last year, but none were even close to these sizes and neither were our carvings. Thanks for the visit.

Elaine said...

I love the pumpkin carvings! They have some really good sized ones there too. I think the biggest pumpkin I've ever seen was going down the freeway when we were in Oregon last fall. It filled the whole pickup bed. I posted it on my blog on Oct 31 2009 if you want to check it out. Given the size of that baby, Grenville will have to do some serious work to make any money at the pumpkin growing.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Elaine, we think that Grenville will have to start the pumpkin patch early and make way more room in the garden! Thanks for the comments and I will check out your earlier post.

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