Saturday, October 4, 2008

Pumpkins and Pumpkin Shows

In Me and the Pumpkin Queen, Mildred is determined to win the annual Circleville, Ohio pumpkin growing contest by growing the largest pumpkin ever! Well, Circleville, Ohio is a real place and has a real Pumpkin Show every year. They have a great website with lots of interesting pictures. Check it out!

One of the biggest pumpkin festivals in New England is the Keene Pumpkin Festival in Keene, New Hampshire. This year it is on October 25th. They have an amazing display of lit jack-o-lanterns - the largest around!

Closer to home we have some pumpkin patches right here on Aquidneck Island that are worth visiting. Escobar's Highland Farm (in Portsmouth) features a pumpkin patch, corn maze and hay rides and is evening having a pumpkin festival this weekend. In Middletown we have Sweet Berry Farm which includes a pumpkin patch where you can pick your own pumpkins!

Pumpkins are truly an autumn treasure. Go out this weekend and pick up a pumpkin - or better yet, get some seeds and grow one for yourself!

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