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Three October Pumpkin Festivals for Pies and Parades

October 10, 2012 at 1:33 PM | by | ()

Like it or not summer is gone and fall is here to stay, so we suggest fully investing your time into enjoying the season. Take in some leaves, enjoy the cooler temperatures, and of course order up a pumpkin latte at your favorite coffee shop. After that may we suggest a few pumpkin festivals, because here are three that are worth your time:

Circleville Pumpkin Show – Circleville, Ohio

Ohio might be a swing state in the upcoming election, but between October 17 and October 20 it’s clearly an orange state. The Circleville Pumpkin Show is expecting well over 400,000 pumpkin fans, as they hit the town in search of carnival rides, food booths, and arts and crafts vendors. As far for the star of the festival, there’s a pumpkin parade, a miss pumpkin show, and plenty of gourds, squash, and other pumpkin siblings. You’ll be able to indulge in all kinds of pumpkin delicacies as well, but we wouldn’t recommend taking a slice of last year’s pumpkin weigh-in winner—it tipped the scales at around 1,437 pounds. Best of all admission is totally free, so there’s really no reason to just swing on through for the afternoon.

2012 Pumpkin Festival - Keene, New Hampshire

There’s still a few weeks until the pumpkins do their thing up in New Hampshire, as the 2012 Pumpkin Festival in Keene is getting ready to light their jack-o-lanterns on October 20. At this festival there’s carving contents, pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin promenade, and even a great pumpkin mile race. However, the highlight is the lighting of like a billion—give or take a few—pumpkins once the sun sets for the evening. All the jack-o-lanterns are displayed within the Pumpkin Tower at Central Square, and you’re even encouraged do bring your own to put on display. Last year there were 16,186 pumpkins lit up and doing their thing—sounds like a can’t miss.

Calabasas Pumpkin Festival - Calabasas, California

For those looking for a side of celebrities to go with your pumpkin festival, then our recommendation is to head to over to California and hit up the Calabasas Pumpkin Festival in Juan Bautista de Anza Park. Things are set to do their thing on October 20 and 21, as the orange fun is scheduled to run between 10am and 5pm. Admission is just $5 per person, and that’ll get you access to the car show, live bands, reptile shows, and even a chance to take a ride down a giant slide. Of course there’s other stuff that might set you back a few bucks, so bring extra cash for the pumpkin beer, pumpkin pie, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin patch, and pumpkin everything else.

[Photo: Keene Pumpkin Festival via Al Braden]

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