Pumpkins are taking over the nation: from the obsession over Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin flavored Pringles, the nation is going gaga over gourds! If you’re looking for the greatest collection of pumpkin flavored fair food and some of the largest pumpkins in the nation, odds are you’ll find it at the Circleville Pumpkin Show. Charlie Brown’s Great Pumpkin has nothing on the large array of pumpkins to be found at the Circleville Pumpkin Show.
For 106 years, the Circleville Pumpkin Show, located in Pickaway County, is where families go to make memories! It is one of the most highly anticipated festivals in the state and the biggest festival in the United States dedicated soley to pumpkins! I first became aware of this gourd-tastic event when my college roommate and his family (who performed in a band each year) raved about the event for the weeks ahead of time.
There is so much fun to be had at the annual show, which takes place Oct. 16-19 this year. In addition to live entertainment, the Great Pumpkin Weigh-In draws a great deal of excitement (these puppies are HUGE, weighing close to 1,500 pounds!). If that isn’t enough squash for you, everything imaginable is made out of pumpkin: pies (more than 20,000 to be exact), cookies, dips, salsas – you name it!
Being the adventurous type, I decided to go for the craziest pumpkin treats I could find! I gorged on the gourds in some very peculiar forms: pumpkin sloppy joes, pumpkin pizza (pictured below), and deep fried pumpkin pie. I washed it down with a pumpkin coffee and a pumpkin soda (also pictured below). Trying all of these pumpkin-infused concoctions was definitely the highlight of the visit for me!
Each year, Lindsey’s Bakery bakes the world’s largest pumpkin pie (pictured below). It takes 96 pounds of cooked pumpkin, 44 pounds of sugar, 16 gallons of milk, 15 dozen eggs, 4 pounds of corn starch, 24 ounces of pumpkin spice, 24 ounces of salt and 36 pounds of pie dough baked for six hours to complete this prominent pie!
Beyond eating, attendees have a lot more to explore up and down the 12 streets blocked off in downtown Circleville. The Miss (and Little Miss) Pumpkin Show Queen is crowned in a yearly pageant, a tradition that dates back to 1933. There are also rides, crafts, and shops full of knick knacks galore for sale. One other staple of the show is that there are seven – yes, SEVEN – parades over the course of the four days!
About the Author
Michael Evans is a graduate of The Ohio State University with a degree in Public Affairs Journalism and currently works for The Ohio Department of Transportation as a Legislative Liaison. Michael is additionally the creator of OHventures, an Ohio tourism blog that focuses on outdoor adventure and active lifestyle. He has many hobbies, including writing, hiking, biking, rock climbing, canoeing, running, lifting weights, traveling and photography. You can write to Michael at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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