Sunday, October 04, 2009

I went to the land of giant pumpkins

Where the pumpkins congregate in crowds.
the land of pumpkins

Where some get extra help and heft.

Where they slurp and sip.
slurp while you sleep

Where they go for rides with special care.
pumpkins go for a ride

And they even have handlers. (Protection from the paparazzi.)
pumpkin gets a lift

Pumpkins in front of their cribs. Or castles.
Pumpkins in front of the hay castle

And where pumpkins are pampered. That's a Heavenly Bed.
all tucked in for a nap

But alas, we're all judged, aren't we? Including the pumpkins.
pumpkin judges

And then they're dropped from the sky by helicopters.

Wonders never cease to amaze me. And that includes pumpkin growers. If this isn't awesomeness, I don't know what is.

P.S. This was the Great Pumpkin Weigh-Off at Bauman Farms in Gervais, Oregon.


Jennifer said...

It's like a SI-FI movie...Crazy and cool at the same time.

The Girl said...

I live in Half Moon Bay and we have The Pumpkin Festival every Oct. We have a giant pumpkin weigh off and often times the pumpkins from Oregon win!

Allison Jones said...

THIS IS TERRIFYING. And awesome. Have you filled your porch with pumpkins and your counters with winter squash yet?

Lilly said...

I need a flourescent orange PUMPKIN JUDGE vest!

Zupan's Markets said...

Wow! Those pumpkins are incredible. What an amazing feat of farming excellence.

Best Wishes, Marie said...

va va va voom !!!!

Steve R. said...

So cool... I think I get it right up until the helicopter... What the...?

Anonymous said...

Hi, I saw your "Three Garden Wishes" in Fine Gardening. Thought I'd drop by. I'm a fellow Oregonian and it's always nice to connect with the locals. Here in the mid-valley the bees seem to be aplenty, thank God.

The pumpkin contest seems to be all business, until, like Steve R. said, the very end. Can you imagine the cleanup? Or maybe they just let it all rot in one huge compost pile and next year they nurture the volunteers, hoping for progeny of similar or better size.

jess said...

The pictures and text would make a fabulous children's book.