Wednesday, September 24, 2008

The Great Pumpkins!

Sunday morning my husband and I went out to my parents house to drop off a Mum for my Dad's 72nd Birthday. We stayed for a while, chatted, then decided to go for a Sunday drive. Now Brent is not a 'Sunday Drive' kind of guy. He's more of a 'hurry up and let's get there' kind of guy, so I was thrilled he was able to just relax for a bit and enjoy the scenery.

One of the very first things we saw were these enormous Pumpkins in the back of 2 trucks, parked in a restaurant parking lot. Both were coming from the Rochester, NH fair and headed for a plant Nursery about 40-45 minutes away.

The first Pumpkin (though my husband thinks they are technically Squash), weighing in at 1,022 lbs. took First Place at the fair, winning a $500 cash prize.

Not very pretty is it.
The second Pumpkin weighed in at 1,015 lbs., and took 2nd place at the Fair, winning $250.

Now this is a pretty pumpkin! Just look at that little flower stem!

Check out the padding and pallets used to protect the tender underside of the smaller Pumpkin. The larger one isn't even strapped down! Imagine that rolling down the road at you! lol! Somehow I doubt it would roll very far.

I took quite a few pictures Sunday which I hope to be able to share with you over the next several days. There's nothing like Fall in New England and hopefully I can bring some of it to you!


Laura said...

Those are some big 'old pumpkins. I'll bet they have trouble breathing carrying around all that weight - LOL!

Beth at Aunties said...

Holie! Molie! They are humongous! Thats a ton of pumpkin/squash pie:) and fertilizer.
Looking forward to seeing the rest of your pictures with your 'wonderful' camera.
Are you detecting a bit of envy....? I mean about your camera girl! (I don't need something as special as Andria's:) You take awesome pictures.

Unknown said...

LOL Beth! those are some LARGE pumpkins. You would need a lot of whippy creme to eat a pumpkin pie from these...

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

My goodnes!! This will feed a family for a few weeks for sure!! It always amazes me when I see these huge veggies some people grow and I wonder how they do it. :)

Debbi said...

oh they are pretty big. they probably pump them with steroids to get them that big.

I know up here,there are many fields with veggies being grown for the chinese restaurants in Toronto...and when it turns dark, the Mexicans go to the fields with chemicals and spray them. They grow faster and they are huge. Though on the boxes they say they are chemical free, etc. Well I don't think so, because I can smell those toxic smells from the fields late in the evening hours.

But those are nice huge pumpkins! Lots of pumpkin pies can be made from them. :o)

nikkicrumpet said...

WHOA...just think of how big the PIE would be!!! What great photos!