With October, comes visions of fall leaves, apple cider and pumpkins…lots and lots of pumpkins. If your in the New Hampshire area in the month of October, you will find those visions a reality at the annual Keene Pumpkin Festival. This quintessential New England community hosts this awesome event each year. People in the town and surrounding area come to enjoy and take part in the yearly attempt at breaking the world record of amassing the largest number of lit jack-o’-lanterns in one place. They have held that record for many years. This year the festival will be held on Saturday October 19, 2013. Activities will include entertainment, food, treats, costume parade and of course the wonderfully magical displays of carved pumpkins for all to enjoy. Visit website
October is the month where pumpkin festivals pop up all over the country. If you get the chance I’d suggest you go to one. This weekend Oct 20 & 21 is the annual Calabasas Pumpkin Festival, in (you guessed it)…Calabasas, California. I went last year and had a blast. Festivals of this sort are usually very safe and a lot of fun for the whole darned family. To start you can’t miss the large pumpkin patch with pumpkins and other gourds for sale. There is also a professional pumpkin carver who will transform ordinary pumpkins into extraordinary masterpieces by using spray cans and carving tools. At the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival kids will not go home empty handed. All day kids will receive one free pumpkin at the painting station and use art brushes and paints to try to create their very own painted pumpkin. The Pumpkin Pavilion also has other things for sale, such as pumpkin pies, treats and other goodies. Okay I’ll try to round up the remainder of the things I saw in one breath. They had a musical stage, free rides and carnival games (comes w/the price of admission), reptile and nature shows for the kids, food booths, and pumpkin beer stations! Whew. Oh and I almost forgot! The highlight for me was watching a table of kids gorge their way through a pumpkin pie as they competed against each other in the pumpkin pie eating contest…gross!
Below are some pics of last years festival.
Hope you enjoy the work of master pumpkin carver Doug Goodreau. He created these last weekend at the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival. First time I’ve seen spray paints being used in pumpkin carving, but the result is spectacular!
A whimsical witch pumpkin with vegetable nose and chin.
Some random faces awaiting their final transformations.
This purple pumpkin imp grins as he watches the passers-by.
I caught an episode the other night on Food Network of “Outrageous Pumpkins 2”, where four contestants compete against each other to see who can grabs the title of master pumpkin carver and a prize of $10,000. They were all fantastic artists and carved some absolutely stunning pumpkins. The winner?…Ray Villafane…Master Sculpter. Go to his website www.villafanestudios.com to learn more about him and his art. You can also go to his myspace page www.myspace.com/villafanestudios to see more from his awesome pumpkin gallery.
You can catch the episode of “Outrageous Pumpkins 2” Oct 09, 2010 6:00 PM ET/PT on Food Network.
Okay guys… Halloween is way over so get rid of those nasty moldy pumpkins. Or they will share the same fate of the Wicked Witch from the Wizard Of Oz. Can you all say…. “What a world, what a world!”