Sunday, October 2, 2011

Pumpkins aplenty in Smoky Lake

Posted by Dawn Dalton on 9:40 AM

My husband and I dragged our friend Sue to Smoky Lake yesterday for the 23rd annual Pumpkin Festival. Though the event is a provincial classic, this was our first time in the Pumpkin Capital of Alberta.

Wow. They go all out!

These displays were ALL over town.

Hubby poses with one of six giant ceramic pumpkins.

Hearses and their drivers were a big part of the car show.
And some of the hearse passengers got out...

The awesome canola-fuelled Jet Engine Funny Car was popular at the show.

Signing books at the canola booth for my children's book, Fields of Home.

It takes ALL kinds of pumpkins....Truly.

We couldn't stick around for the pumpkin auction or to hear who won the giant pumpkin weigh-in, but we were shocked to hear the biggest watermelon weighed in at 135 pounds! Now, that's one heck of a green thumb.

Sadly, I didn't load my vehicle with awesome gourds of spectacular size, but the Smoky Lake Pumpkin Festival marks an important milestone in the countdown to Halloween.

28 sleeps...

- Dawn

OH! How about another way to get into the Halloween spirit? Bridge Social Media and Leap Books are offering YOU a chance to win a copy of, SPIRITED anthology. I've got two stories in there - THREAD OF THE PAST, and DEATH WARRANT, which I co-wrote with the brilliant Judith Graves. Contest starts today. Good luck!


That zombie baby is truly disturbing. But I love all the displays!

I agree, Mary. A little on the disturbing side :-) It was great to see such community spirit, though.

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