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Pumpkin Faces

By October 13, 2012

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Do you enjoy fall festivals? I do. I value fall festivals for the color and creativity they display. The Ohio Gourd Show is one of my favorites. Few events I've attended in my lifetime can rival it, in terms of creating a lasting impression on me. Of course, that probably just tells you what an uneventful life I've led....

But I also attend the Keene Pumpkin Festival in New Hampshire annually. This year, it's being held October 20, from noon to 8:30 pm. The pictures in my gallery of pumpkin faces come from the 2008 festival. Among the thousands of pumpkin faces on display, there was something for everyone: funny and scary, humble and elegant. During presidential election years in the U.S., you'll even find the candidates there -- not in person, but as pumpkin faces, as you'll see if you browse my photos.

Tired of decorating your porch with traditional jack o' lanterns? Then view my pictures of jack o' lanterns for some new ideas. If you're thinking, "How different can one pumpkin face be from another?" then you really need to visit a pumpkin festival. You'll be surprised by just how many variations are possible on that (seemingly) simple theme, the pumpkin face.

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October 15, 2012 at 8:48 am
(1) Tonya Lee says:

It sounds like you lead a pretty amazing life to me! I love all things pumpkin, and would love to attend a pumpkin festival where various pumpkins are showcased. Maybe pumpkin baked goodies also. (Yum!) Where I live, pumpkin festivals are all about the crafts. Though pumpkins grow really well here, most don’t even have pumpkins… go figure. I may have to start my own pumpkin patch. Do you have any articles about making a pumpkin patch fit into a residential landscape? :)

October 15, 2012 at 9:34 am
(2) landscaping says:

Thanks, Tonya. The closest thing I have to such an article would be a review of a book called The Edible Front Yard. But I think the key to fitting a pumpkin patch into a residential landscape would lie in your hardscape. For example, the pumpkin patch could be fenced in with a fencing material that you find attractive. If garden art and/or ornaments were interspersed in the patch, that would further dress it up. You could also interplant with flowers (nasturtiums and marigolds look great with pumpkins).

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