Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Zippo Pumpkin Festival

Yesterday I made a quick phone call to my sister, Suzanne, and the two of us agreed to get together for the annual Pumpkin Fest.

This was the first year that the festival was moved to Laconia, New Hampshire, but it has been 25 years strong as a tradition.

There were over 10,000 carved and lit Jack-O-Lanterns to be carefully counted as the event tried for the Guiness book of records.

Alas, no, we didn't top the record of over 30K pumpkins, but the throngs of people enjoyed the mild temperatures, no rain, and no wind for the all-day event.

All of the pumpkins are recycled after this event to feed pigs at local farms, so we ate a pulled pork sandwich to complete the circle.

It was great fun to see kids carving pumpkins on the spot.

They were doing a bang-up job of being so creative with parents happily looking on and coaching.

Main Street was closed to automobile traffic all day but a "Pumpkin Express" train was available for brief rides.

Can you see the red caboose in the background below?

Parking was at a premium with scalpers charging $20 per car for a berth in a nearby driveway, yikes!

Suzanne and I were horrified that no vendors were selling Pumpkin Soup, but rather, only corn chowder.

There was pumpkin ice cream but the weather was just a wee bit too raw for us to welcome it.

Instead, we opted for fried dough ($5 each) slathered in butter and sprinkled with powdered sugar and cinnamon. Yummy!

Can you spot the three small white pumpkins stacked to make a snowman in this group below?

Remember, you may click upon any of these pictures to enlarge them.

The kids were also enjoying a portable rock-climbing tower.

We walked more than I am used to doing and soon it was time to lumber on back to the car, just about at dusk.

There were many "favorites" of mine of the displays.

This one, below, was the one pumpkin that made me laugh right out loud!

Keep laughing and enjoy the world around you!

Happy sewing


Janet said...

What a fantastic outing! It must have been fun to see so many carved pumpkins and you surely came home with some ideas for your own!!

Vic in NH said...

Yes, yes! And we joked about vending our own recipe for Pumpkin Soup next year! We'll see.

Beth in MN said...

I think I'll have to make some fried bread dough now that you have mentioned it! LOL How about a pumpkin spice tea to go with it? Boy am I hungry now.

Janet O. said...

Looks like a wonderful way to celebrate the season. I can't believe that huge display of pumpkins. But no pumpkin soup?!? What are they thinking??

Samplings from Spring Creek said...

Looks like a great pumpkin event. Fall is a beautiful time of the year

Feathers in my Nest said...

Oh, what fun! Love this time of year & Pumpkins!. Looks like you did a lot of walking too.

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