Monday, October 24, 2011

The Search for the Great Pumpkin and give*a*way

I love pumpkins. A lot. I love everything about them. Mostly including eating them. This year, I have pretty much been on a "no pumpkin left behind" kick and have been making pumpkin stuff up the wazzoo. I'm pretty sure that if I do make any more pumpkin stuff, my husband will turn orange. I still have quite a lot of pumpkin stuff to make, so we're getting there.

Last year we found out about a pumpkin festival in Germany. Unfortunately, we found out about it after the festival had closed which meant I spent roughly 355 days sulking about it. This year I found out that there was a pumpkin festival right in our town (!!!) and kept on reminding my husband of that fact every half an hour. Of course in between plans we previously had and the fact that I wasn't walking for a while, it took us some time to actually get there. So we finally set aside yesterday to go to the park for the festival. The whole day.

Germans love their festivals and they are usually amazing so we were so excited! We got plenty of cash to try out pumpkin soup and pumpkin wine and went on our merry way.

What a disappointment.

The admission to the park for the two of us was 13€ and once we got in, we realized that all of the pumpkin-specific vendors had already closed up and there were only their usual food kiosks there (which are really good, but not what we wanted). 


Every year, the pumpkin festival has a theme and they make dioramas made out of pumpkins. This year's theme was fairy tales. While as a festival itself, it was pretty darn disappointing, we did have fun looking around the different dioramas. 
the prize-winning big pumpkins- don't ask me about #1- we didn't see that on display
the Frog Prince
the Pied Piper- love the little ears on the pumpkin mice
Beware of Dragon- Siegfried and the Dragon (this is a German thing)
Mother Goose
Like I said, the pumpkin displays were definitely cool, but it took us roughly 30 minutes to go through the whole thing. Perhaps this would have taken longer or been more exciting had we had a kid with us. I just don't know. In no way was this worth our nearly $20 admission fee. We bought some crepes from the crepe stand (delicious!) and ate those pretending like it was 18€ for just the two of those. The park that the festival was in is called the Dino Park because it has huge sculptures of dinosaurs all around it. There was a hollow dinosaur head in there so that little children could go in and take pictures of themselves in it.








Obviously. We had to.


Now on to the giveaway portion of this post. As most of you know, TLS and I have a huge soft spot in our hearts for a certain cartoon beagle. This month's giveaway will reflect that. I will be giving away one movie of the winner's choice:
I know it's a bit late for this one- but it is adorable and a true classic
The rules:
This giveaway is open to current followers via GFC only. Leave a comment here. That's it. I will draw a winner after it closes at midnight EST on Sunday, October 31st.

24 comments:

  1. The pumpkin creations look amazing!

    Also... I love Peanuts! SO excited for the giveaway

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  2. Oh, what a sweet giveaway! And those pumpkin dioramas did look pretty awesome - although I feel for you missing out on all of the tasty pumpkin treats :-/ I think I'd go for the Halloween or Christmas Charlie Brown films... Both are near and deer to my heart :-) Thanks!

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  3. I'm sorry the pumpkin festival was a dissapointment! Your give-a-way is certainly NOT a disappointment, however! Please include moi, as I love me some Peanuts holiday classics!

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  4. Hitscherhof was always my favorite pumpkin fest in Germany. It was amazing!

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  5. The holidays are NOT the holidays without a little Snoopy. :)

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  6. It looks like it was a fun low-key festival.

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  7. Call me crazy, but the holidays just aren't the same without Charlie Brown in my household :)

    What a great giveaway!!

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  8. aaaah...i don't know which one i would choose!!

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  9. Oh my gosh! I love peanuts! I would love any of those movies!

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  10. omg how awesome!! i love all the pics :) seriously awesome giveaway girl! i love the peanuts!

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  11. I'm sorry that the "festival was a dissapointment". I purchase canned pumpkin but I know a fresh pumpkin would be much better for my baking!

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  12. Love those movies, would love to be entered in your giveaway, xo LP

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  13. Love these! It would be a fabulous addition to our movie collection!

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  14. this look like such a fun fall activity! The weather looks perfect in Germany.

    I havent carved pumpkins in forever, but always have fun when I do!

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  15. Those huge pumpkins make me smile! You could make A TON of pumpkin pie!!

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  16. I love a Charlie Brown Christmas!

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  17. Oh Peanuts! Way to bring back my/our childhood.

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  18. I'm a follower! I love watching all of these :)

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  19. Pumpkin sculptures look so fun but I agree that for the price you should have been there all day. LOL! Love the photos of you all in the dino head. (I would have done the same thing)

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  20. We Louisianians love our festivals too! Any excuse to eat, drink and be merry ;-) Looks like y'all had fun with it even though it was a bit of a let-down.

    Fun giveaway! I'd love to add one of those to Jax's video collection.

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  21. Anywhere you can have drinks is not disappointing! :-) Happy Halloween!
    Please enter me in your giveaway - I love Peanuts too and would give them to my sweet nephews! XOXO
    www.shopaholicinalabama.blogspot.com

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  22. I watched Charlie Brown last night! It's one of my holiday hall-marks. LOVE IT!!

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  23. Would love to win this for Avery!

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