Monday, October 25, 2010

The 104th Pumpkin Show

Hello everyone I hope you all had a wonderful
We are getting some much needed rain
here this morning. The rain and wind is taking
down a lot of the remaining leaves around the
house and down in the woods in back.
The two maples in the front yard are just now
turning yellow. They are always slower to turn
than the others around here so we will be mowing
leaves for a couple of weeks yet.

Friday my daughter and I attended the 104th
Pumpkin Show Festival in Circleville, Ohio. They had
beautiful weather for the festival and everyone was
enjoying both. There have been years where it
had snowed for the Festival but not this year.



The winning biggest pumpkin weighed in at 1,622
pounds a little shy of last years 1,635. The local newspaper
had listed the weight at 1,662 which was an error.
Regardless it was huge and there were so many large ones
this year competing.


There were plenty of pumpkins to be seen and
for sale at a Pumpkin Show along with an array
of yummy foods which included pumpkin in the


It was also Circleville’s bi-centennial year and there
were little evidences of it all around town.


Although this picture is a terrible one,  it is of a
mural painted on the side of one of the buildings
representing the beginnings of the Pumpkin Shows
when farmers use to bring their pumpkins by horse
and wagons into the local cannery. You can barely see
the pumpkin tower in the background for the shade and
the crowd of people but you get the jest of it.
Also on the right is a picture on the pillar of the
Pumpkin Man.


There has been  a Pumpkin Man or Clown
at the Pumpkin Show for more years than I can
remember. The children love him and want
their pictures taken with him.
There have been a few different men portraying
the Pumpkin Man over the years and he once
went around the show on roller skates but now
his has upgraded to inline skates.
He said it was much easier on the inline skates
because they tended to roll over the debris that
may be in the street where with roller skates you
got those sudden stops that tended to trip him
up. LOL!
I remember those sudden stops at the local
roller rink when you hit a piece of paper or gum.

Ghost Scarecrow_Bench_Light

I love seeing all the graft booths and the Arts
and Crafts building while at the festival.

 Give_Thanks_Shadowbox Welcome_Hanging

Even the crafts for judging have a pumpkin or
fall theme depicted on them .The beautiful banners and
quilts were proudly displayed throughout the building.
There were so many I would have loved to show the
ladies that quilted but my little point and shoot camera
does not hold many pictures.


Jumn_Lamp Tire_Pumpkin

Some of the repurposed crafts were unusual.
The one on the left is a picture of a lamp made
from a old push mower and a giant metal strainer.
An the pumpkin was made from tires and a trash
can lid. I think they needed more orange paint on
the tires though. LOL!


The Mad Hatter from the new “Alice in
Wonderland” movie was there with his
pumpkin head and face paint.


But it was not all Fall and Pumpkins in the Arts
and Crafts building. Beautiful Christmas projects
were on display for judging also.
The Christmas quilts were so lovely.


And I loved this cross stitched picture that looked
like it had lacy edges but was cross stitched on.


Flower_Banner Garden_CrossStitch

Lovely floral quilted banners and cross stitched
pictures were everywhere.

Quilted_Runners Quilted_Banners
There were so many gorgeous guilt’s of every kind
on display. From patched, baby, team logos , flowered,
and fall and winter



The gardener in me loved this flower basket
quilt with baskets of all kinds of different flowers.
I am a touchy feely person and it is so hard for me not
to touch everything. I am as bad as a kid about
that and I had to really refrain myself.
Besides they had some male person in the building
telling everyone who tried to touch things, “ Do not touch”!


There was even this little reminder above the rows of
quilts.   Horizontal stripes and balls and chains do
not look good on a hefty person like myself at all and my
daughter only had to smack my fingers once. LOL!



I love crocheting so to me this was a beautiful
reminder to give thanks for all the freedoms
and good things that God has blessed us with.


With so many vendors displaying so many
yummy goodies you have to attend the Festival
to enjoy the food that is offered once a year.
So I brought home some Pumpkin Fudge that is so
rich it will make your toes curl.
And a funnel cake was brought home for my son to
enjoy. Of course I had to sample a bite too. LOL!

I guess we all enjoy our own local festivals and
maybe they are wonderful to us because they bring
back fond memories of our younger days or school
days, of bands, parades and fun with friends.
So I wanted to share it with you .

The little goblins and spooks will
be coming here this Thursday.

Until Next Time,





Patsy said...

Loved the crafts and the one with "They Touched the Quilts" is so cute. Wish we would get rain it just keeps going around us.

Karen said...

Lona, what a fun tour of the festival! I have never seen pumpkins that big. I loved the flower basket quilt too, and would have had my knuckles slapped repeatedly, there's just something so tempting about touching fabric. Thank you for this post!

Becca's Dirt said...

Wow that looks like so much fun. I'm hoping to go to a local festival this coming weekend in the small community I live in. I love murals painted on a bldg. Unfortunately there is a lot of graffiti on bldgs so murals really are nice.

Kay said...

Looks like a place to have fun. Bet you did. :-)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Patsy: I thought a quilter like you would like the "They Touched The Quilts". LOL! Have a wonderful week.

Karen: It is fun to go to the festivals especially if you have not been there for a few years.Trying to catch up this summer and fall. Have a great week.

Becca: I know what you mean about the ugly graffiti everywhere. I hope no one tags that mural because it is a work of art. Have a great week Becca.

Anonymous said...

The pumpkin festival looks like it was great fun. I love that flower basket quilt!!!

VW said...

Hi Lona,
I posted on pumpkins today, too. But none so large as the one you photographed :-)

Kate said...

Hi, Lona!
Geez they were all lovely but I gotta know that cross stitch gal's name!! The one that starts with the "A" -- gotta have it. ;D

Hope all is well.


Gatsbys Gardens said...

Lona, you have to be in crafters heaven with all of these fun festivals. Those pumpkins are marvelous.


Stephanie said...

That flower basket quilt is lovely! I like it also.

I notice your icon 'the witch is in'... so cute and apt for autumn.

Btw, are those gigantic pumpkins grown for ornamental value only? Seems to see these big pumpkins appearing in festivals only.

A Garden of Threads said...

That was just wonderful, I enjoyed seeing all the quilts and needle work. Those are very big pumpkins and would make a quite the jack-o-launtern. Thank you for sharing your day with us.

Barbara said...

I loved your tour of the local festival and it did remind me of the local festival of my youth: "Raspberry Days". Good to see that the old traditions are still going strong, and that people are still quilting and crocheting (and gardening).

Balisha said...

HI Lona,
You are lucky to have a daughter with similar interests. I'll bet you have fun. What a great festival...I especially loved the quilts. My fingers always want to touch too. Balisha

Jeannie B. said...

What a wonderful day!! I would have sure enjoyed being with you to see all the sites!

Catherine@AGardenerinProgress said...

That looks like so much fun! Those pumpkins are huge.
I can't believe Halloween is this weekend, once it's over it seems like time really flies by and then it's suddenly Christmas. I'm looking forward to finding some holiday craft shows around here.
I love the quilt with the baskets too.

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

TDG: I fill in love with that quilt. They take so much work but a few do them by machine anymore and then hand stitch them.Have a wonderful week.

VW: I will have to check out your Pumpkins. Have a great week.

Kate: Sorry gal I do not know who made it. Isn't it lovely?

Eileen: Seems we have really been hitting the festivals this year. It is great fun though.

Stephanie: They are just ornamental and are really giant gourds. LOL!

GOT: Wouldn't you hate to clean that big one out for a Jack O'Lantern. LOL!

Barbara: I think all of the needlework is having a resurgence here.

Balisha: My daughter has a lot of my interests but maybe not a much as I do but she is great to go along with me. LOL!

Jeanie: It was great fun. Have a wonderful week.

Catherine: I so love to go to craft shows. Some people just amaze me at their cleverness.

RainGardener said...

Hi Lona,
My my my but a 1,622
pound pumpkin is so hard to imagine. The show looked just scrumptious. Wish I could have been there but have been in the hospital instead. Just got out and am really looking forward to reading everyone's posts that I've missed. I'll be back!

pogonip said...

That Sunbonnet Sue Chain Gang was a hoot!

Gail said...

Giant pumpkins are always interesting to me~I think things like "How and who picked it up without damaging it!" The fair looked like it was fun~gail

Malay-Kadazan girl said...

Oh my what a big pumpkin never seen one in real life before. I bet we can make a real Cinderella carriage from it. Lots of fun fun fun...I wish I can go.