Pumpkin Festival Time

When I think of October weather, I always compare it to Pumpkin Festival time. Our little borough here in Southwestern Pa. has a mid-October Pumpkin Festival and parade every mid-October. This benefits the local fire department, for the most part.

  • Some years we are in sweats and hoodies with umbrellas watching the parade, and the festival is a washout.
  • Some years a heavy frost just killed every thing off that weekend.
  • Some years we are in summer attire and sweating a bit in the sun.

This year was a summer attire one :)

The local school for 3 of the grands was off on Friday, the first day of the festival.  My youngest, an aunt of my DIL and I took them to the festival that afternoon.  It was not too crowded and they got to do just about everything.

My youngest son and I took the other two children down on Saturday but we had less time and it was extremely crowded with very long lines for most activities.

Saturday morning there was the parade. I joined my middle son and DIL and all five grands to watch that.

The parade starts at the local high school about 1/2 mile down the road, with the majorettes, marching band and cheerleaders, fire trucks, etc. Much of the parade forms on the street below me. On Saturday morning this float was parked right outside my house….I had my message from God when I stepped out on to the porch :)

Between the two days and all of the grands I took a bazillion pictures, but a small sampling is here.

They enjoyed horse back rides…

And flying and flipping in the air :

This was the first time for the twins on the bungee jump and they just loved it. On Friday we stood in line for 10 minutes or so to get on. On Saturday, the line was 50 deep so Brent and Kate did not get to do that.

All of the girls enjoyed having their faces painted ; here is Mya:

Rather than spend money on face painting, the boys preferred to test their skills….

Brent did really well at this and won a prize. Javis did well at his too!

One thing that was reasonably priced and that all the children enjoyed immensely was the mining for gems….4.00 each and a good 15 minutes of washing your sand in the trough, fishing for gems, washing them off and collecting them.  They were so excited in regards to each one !  In the end they took home a bag of around 20 gems, one of their favorites in a necklace, and a card to identify them.

We always have to visit the petting zoo. Unlike at the county fair, which is generally filthy, this one is always nice and clean.

Even the ducks are tame enough to pet! They don’t like you to touch their necks but you can pet their backs and they are oh-so-soft.

HELLO! :) 

Last but not least….on Friday, my DIL’s auntie took the three children into the little snake house. I stayed outside.  They seemed to enjoy having seen all of the snakes….Javis was telling me how many of them were venemous!

On Saturday, when my son and I were in that area with the other two, THEY went in and I again stayed outside.

There was a guy walking around with some huge white rubber snake around his neck for a promotion, I suppose.

THEN I saw the rubber snake move its head and have a forked tongue coming out! It was alive! :)

When I was a kid, my mother instilled a fear of snakes in to me, that her mother had instilled in to her. Reason was that where they camped up in Clarion, PA. at the time, they had to watch out for rattlesnakes.

Between her and Sunday School and the talking Snake-is-Satan story, I had no reason to like snakes….

But what happens when kids don’t get that download into their little brains and souls from an early age on? :)  They blew me away…my son with no fear having this one wrapped around his neck and the kids holding an alligator :)

Maybe next year I’ll pet the snake ? :)

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21 Responses to Pumpkin Festival Time

  1. Karen says:

    our fall festival is at the end of October and smaller than yours most likely – there is a chili cook off, an antique car show, face painting and a petting zoo – not much else – rarely do we need a jacket – sometimes a sweater – this year my quilt that I donated for raffle will be there with the library’s book mobile. Looks like you all had fun.

  2. Eileen says:

    Hello, love seeing the smiling happy faces. You have a beautiful family. The fall festival looks like a fun time. I like snakes from a distance, you would not catch me holding one. I am enjoying the warmer weather, it will end soon. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

  3. BillieBee says:

    I was having a great time looking at all your photos and then came the rubber snake……..yikes! Looks like a fun time for all.

  4. barb says:

    hooray for Fair Days – looks like fun was had by all.

  5. Dewena says:

    Oh to be a kid again at a fall fair, or a state fair! It looks like your grands had a blast, except for some long lines.

    Snakes? My husband, one son and two grandsons love them. Me, I take seriously that “I will put enmity between you and woman”!

  6. Looks like a good time was had by all! I don’t touch things like snakes. I don’t even want them in view. You would never see me with one wrapped around my neck!

  7. Forgot to say: Great duck photo!

  8. FlowerLady says:

    How neat to have a pumpkin festival and the parade!!!

    I’d love to pet a duck, but don’t want to be near snakes at all.

    Have a great week ~ FlowerLady

  9. Barb says:

    Looks like you had fun with family (and critters) at the festival. I notice your trees haven’t turned much yet. Ours are finished because of the snow we had, but temps are now more fall-like which is nice. Enjoy the change of season!

  10. Kim says:

    Cute, cute, cute…we’ve been to a few festivals this fall and yes, it’s been hot at all of them. Fun just the same!

  11. Kyle says:

    What a delightful fair day. Looks like fun for everyone.

  12. Jane says:

    How fun! I love to see the happy faces of the kiddo’s. It speaks volume and reflects how we felt at their age. We were rained out of a harvest festival this weekend. Bummer.

    Thanks for your visit. I know my posts are long but I don’t have time to write everyday, so I have a lot to share. Please feel free to comment on only what inspires you.

    Have a lovely week, Debra!


  13. This looks like great fun. Must have been a treat for you to see all the happy faces.

  14. Joyce says:

    Um yeah, okay – the snakes are not for me either! One of my grandsons loves them, though, especially after a birthday party where the mom had a bunch of them brought in by a pro handler. The backyard was full of them and the kids could wander around and pick them up and pet them!
    I loved this post! Such beautiful photos of those adorable kids. The small town feeling here is so cool. Everybody comes together and the cause is such a good one. Our October weather has been the same as yours – unseasonably nice this year. I hope it lasts thru Halloween night as the past few have been rainy and ugly.
    And finally, Uncle Nate (the “funcle!”) cracks me up – he is such a good sport with those kids! (“Came with a full wallet and the kids drained it!”)

  15. You had yourself quite a weekend. The smiles tell the story. :-)

  16. Joanna says:

    I love little town festivals. I wouldn’t do the snake think either. Happy fall!

  17. Doreen JOHNSON says:

    What a great festival the town Runs! Love to see all the activities they set up for the children.

  18. Here in Peoria Az had a Fall Festival but it’s too hot for me to go-about 100 again today. Ugh. I love fall so I loved your photos! mary in Az

  19. Looks like an enjoyable Fall Festival..but I don’t touch things like snakes or bugs. I refer to them as creatures. So a snake would never be around my neck!

  20. I’m with Cathy. Snakes give me the heebie jeebies!

  21. Karen Beigh says:

    I have never been to a pumpkin festival but know many communities have them. I had read that there is again a shortage of pumpkins. I purchase pumpkin pies at a local grocery store that makes good ones in their bakery. It has been hit and miss being able to get one. They have been selling mostly small ones.

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