Pumpkin Porn, Giant Concrete Corn, and Fall Galore (Part I)

It took me five years, but I finally made it to visit my dear friend in her ‘new’ home in Ohio. I, of course, was super excited to see her and her home, but a close second was my excitement to attend the Annual Pumpkin Festival in Circleville, OH. An entire festival of pumpkiness?? That sounded like amazing people-watching! In all honesty, I don’t even like the taste of pumpkin all that much, but when else am I going to attend a pumpkin festival? And once I found out that Circleville is the Pumpkin Capital of the World, I was giddy with anticipation!!

But let’s start at the beginning. I had three goals: 1) visit with my dear friend and see her home, 2) find fall colors and brisk air that is lacking in Southern California, 3) see the pumpkin festival in all its weirdness! All three missions were accomplished 🙂

A v-e-r-y early flight out of Orange County gave me some time to sleep before arriving.

After a casual dinner out, we started the next day by heading to a local park to take in the views.

This ducked LOVED me and my camera. I was very happy to take advantage of his posing!

Even though it was quite overcast, this park was beautiful! It was especially nice being there when it was so quiet and empty. It really gave us a chance to soak in the brisk air and gorgeous colors.

Day one had just started! Next up, we went to see an odd landmark in Dublin – 6′ tall concrete corn! It’s an art installation that is supposed to represent the agricultural aspect of the area, but it’s basically just become this bizzarro army of concrete corn by the road. I was loving it! There were also these trees right by the giant corn, and the trees apparently had these big fruits on them that had started falling off. You’ll see them in the pics, and I’d never seen them before, but they seemed fitting because the inside of them kind looks like corn kernels… anyway, I was a bit intrigued by them, so they make an appearance in a couple of pics 🙂

After visiting the corn, we headed into town to get some lunch. We headed straight for The North Market and started wandering through their aisles to find the perfect lunch. After a Mediterranean lunch and yummy locally-made ice cream, we got some chocolate treats to-go from an adorable little old lady with an accent (the chocolates were awesome, by the way!). By then we needed to walk off our lunch, so we walked all along the Short North area and popped into some shops along the way. I fell in love with a stone building with ivy growing all up it, and decided that if I were to ever live in Columbus, I would live in that building  🙂

We kept seeing cabbage in planters… looks like it’s become popular!

That was one full day!! Keep an eye out for Part II with more photos and details from the rest of my trip, including the pumpkin festival!!

🙂

~n

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