Today I thought we would take a walk through the Circleville Pumpkin Show, 'the greatest free show on earth'.
A community coming together to celebrate agriculture, homemade, handmade, and of course all things pumpkins.
This year marks the 110th year!
Originally started as an agricultural exhibit and street fair, the Pumpkin Show has developed over the years into a desirable destination for many, from both near and far.
I am one of the many volunteers that help organize the numerous facets that go into making the Pumpkin Show.
This is my second year being a Trustee on the board, specifically working in the canned goods department.
I enjoy receiving entries from men, women, boys, and girls.
It brings me great joy to see the beautiful and delicious foods that home canners take pride in making.
Many share wonderful stories that go hand in hand with their entry.
The Circleville Pumpkin Show begins annually on the third Wednesday in October and runs through Saturday.
The kick off starts with the biggest pumpkin weigh in.
This years winner weighed 1,553 pounds!
With big eyes and jaw dropping expressions, people line up around the block to see (and take pictures of) the largest pumpkin pie, measuring 14 feet in diameter.
The ingredients include over 700 pounds of pumpkin and 60 dozen eggs.
Can you imagine?
Pumpkins are available in all shapes, sizes, and colors.
There are many exhibits for locals to enter - fruits, vegetables, flowers, baked goods,canned goods, photography, arts, crafts, and more.
My family has enjoyed baking, canning, painting, photography, knitting, and more throughout the years to enter at the Pumpkin Show. Various ribbons have been won, making us all a bit giddy.
The streets are lined with vendors offering food, games, and various items for sale.
The rides are a hit for many, my daughters included.
My youngest took this picture from the top of the ferris wheel.
Entertainment varies from music/vocal groups to craft demonstrations, and everything in between.
Parades are held daily at 3:30 and 8:00 p.m.
Local businesses take pride in decorating floats.
Ohio University band is scheduled to perform this year in the 'parade of bands'.
The Circleville Pumpkin Show truly is 'the greatest free show on earth' offering something for everyone.
When the week is finished I will need a long nap and then I should start a diet after all the yummy food I've been eating. ;-)