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

In case you missed Part I of my Ohio adventure, be sure to check that out first so you get the whole story ๐Ÿ™‚

Now, day 2 was pumpkin day. Nevermind that I don’t really care for pumpkin-flavored anything, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to go to something so unique! We headed out to Circleville, OH (Pumpkin Capital of the World, FYI ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and thankfully beat a lot of traffic to it.

First stop – pumpkin donuts. I’d been hearing about these donuts for months, and oh-my-goodness did they live up to the stories!

Next stop was the central intersection with all the prize-winning pumpkins and tables full of gourds for sale. The largest pumpkins were about 1,200 lbs.ย ย  Yep, you read that right. I bought a little mini white pumpkin with orange stripes for my apartment, and we moved on to the self-proclaimed “Greatest Free Show on Earth”, a.k.a. local art/agricultural competition winners. It was actually very interesting and bigger than expected, and totally worthwhile.

We walked down the street past pumpkin pies, pumpkin shakes, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pizza, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin chili, etc… and ended up near the main stage, which had a pumpkin pie-eating competition going on! I had to see this. We saw the kids compete, and boy did they ever! One girl actually couldn’t get her pie down, spit it out, and then went back for more. Pretty gross, but that’s one tough little girl.ย  Finally, I went to get a bloomin’ onion just because I had not had one in years and figured a small town festival would be the best place to indulge ๐Ÿ™‚

After the festival it was time to hit the road, but not before getting some lunch! (and yes, our plans always did revolve around food. ๐Ÿ™‚ ) I had seen White Castle the day before and asked that we go there because I’d never been… so that’s where we had lunch! After we stuffed our faces, we took a drive through Circleville to see Hitler Rd.ย  Yep, you read that correctly. Hitler Rd. Actually, there are three Hitler Rd’s, plus a Hitler Cemetery, and I think there was a Hitler Park too. They’re all named after a prominent local family who did a large amount of farming, but they are great conversation starters too! ๐Ÿ˜‰

We beat the horrible traffic for the pumpkin festival. Thank goodness!

Up next was Dayton! We stopped in at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on the way in to town. I’m not a huge fanatic for military stuff, but it was pretty cool to see all those planes up close! We took our time walking through there and then headed to the UD campus.

Our stop at UD was unexpected but nice. The campus reminded me A LOT of the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, VA, so in a way it gave me a chance to reminisce ๐Ÿ™‚ That being said, I felt really really old walking through a campus. hahaha. It’s been a long time!ย  Dayton was our last stop for the day, so it was great to end the day with more gorgeous fall colors.

The rest of my trip was very low key, mostly spent shopping and vegging on a couch ๐Ÿ™‚ It was wonderful! Before I knew it, I was headed back home. Happy to be going home, but not looking forward to getting back to routine. I did manage to use the flights back for some brainstorming and stargazing…

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~n

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Porn, Giant Concrete Corn, and Fall Galore (Part II)

  1. What great fun you must have had! I love pumpkin, and would have died and gone to heaven w/those pumpkin donuts, but will content myself w/pumpkin ice cream in the meantime. White Castle…I went to school in Michigan and hear about it, but never tried one. Will have to try one of these days. Hope you have a great week.

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