It’s pumpkin time . . .
Sure, we’ve all seen pumpkins and most of us have carved and decorated them, but in Damariscotta, Maine, folks really get 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.
Ones that were intricately carved . . .
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 pumpkin 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!