Farmer Mike will carve a monster 1,200-pound pumpkin into villain Megamind (see his previous handiwork in the above photo); his orange sculpture will make your jack-o'-lantern look like a preschool craft project. A craft fair features offerings like hand-blown glass pumpkins and jewelry. There also will be a weigh-off for ginormous gourds that reach more than 1,500 pounds. Of course, you can't have an October festival without some Halloween events, so there will be a haunted barn and a costume contest.
The most delicious event at the festival will be the pumpkin-pie-eating contest. But if you don’t have the stomach for that, there will be plenty of pumpkin food you can buy: cream-filled pumpkin rolls, eight-inch pumpkin cookies, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin mac and cheese, pumpkin churros and pumpkin pancakes. Adults get the added treat of being able to chug Half Moon Bay Brewing Company's Mavericks Pumpkin Harvest Ale, a seasonal beer made from local pumpkins. They are exactly the kind of goodies we'd expect from the World Pumpkin Capital.
· Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival [Official Site]
· This Year's New Hampshire Pumpkin Party May Be the Finale [Jaunted]
· Fall Festivals Coverage [Jaunted]