Thursday, October 13, 2011

The Pumpkin Festival

Last weekend, Georgia and I drove up to Maine for a soccer tournament.  Gordy had to stay home with Henry and Josie, who had sporting events of their own, so Georgia and I had a Mommy/Daughter weekend.  The tournament was equal distance from our house and my parents' house, so we decided it would be fun to go to Granny & Grandfather's house between games 1&2 and games 3&4.  

It was a smart decision, because not only did it mean being able to spend some time with my parents and helping my mother celebrate her birthday, but our Mommy/Georgia weekend coincided with The (Great) Pumpkin Festival of 2011.

Georgia and I weren't too sure what to expect from The Pumpkin Festival.  Georgia wasn't even certain that it was going to be all that interesting or even fun.  But we soon learned that just as Massachusians don't mess around with their Cranberry Festivals, Mainers do not mess around with their Pumpkin Festivals.  The Pumpkin-themed festivities were pretty amazing to behold.

The afternoon began with a parade through the town:

We arrived just in time for the parade to begin, so we found a wonderfully shady spot at the beginning of the parade route and made ourselves comfortable.  

First came the military veterans guard:

Which was followed by some of the award-winning giant pumpkins:

And the Pumpkin Festival Fairy, herself!

This is not the best photo in the world, but trust me, Ms. Pumpkin Fairy looked adorable.

Next came about a million loud fire-engines and then a group of bag pipers and drummers:

.... and then, the moment Georgia had been hoping for...

the arrival of the freebies!  First, Georgia was handed a pumpkin by a local garden store.  Then, she was given a real Frisbee by the EMS staff.  She caught candy from various floats; she was given a pack a granola from the organic grocery store; and a key chain from Direct TV.  It was a veritable cornucopia of give-aways!  A harvest of souvenirs!  A festival of free items!

Georgia was very, very pleased with The Pumpkin Festival.

The parade still continued on, however, even though Georgia's pockets were close to bursting.

Snoopy and The Great Pumpkin floated by:

And the 4-H club went past our spot, pulling along a beautiful calf and fancy, mini goat.

More fire engines drove by and then the parade was over.  It was time to walk further into town and check out the enormous, carved pumpkins and get Georgia an ice cream cone.  

A few years ago, I brought Henry to Maine to go to a Maple Syrup Festival.  We spent the weekend with my parents and the four of us had a wonderful time.  It is a rare treat to be able to spend two full days with only one child.  My parents will have to start scouring the local papers now to find another festival for me to attend with Josie.  A Sea Festival?  A Lobster Festival?   We'll have to wait and see!


Elizabeth said...

Um, isn't Ms. Pumpkin Fairy a dude?

Martha said...

ha! That picture sure makes her look like it! but no, it was a woman and she wasn't big or manly or anything. I agree with your assessment from my photo though.

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