Pumpkinfest 2013Posted: October 22, 2013
Having friends who you haven’t seen in a while visit you is just about the best thing ever. This weekend was full of checking out pumpkins, eating good food, lounging around in my cozy apartment, and laughing historically about anything and everything… it was awesome.
On Friday night, I went downtown with some friends from work and waited for my two friends from college to get here and meet up with us. Colleen and George had a long ride from NYC/CT, but they are troopers and met us at the bar when they finally arrived. It was nice to have them meet all my new friends and we had a great time before heading home and chatting/laughing late into the night.
I couldn’t reveal these before because it was a surprise, but George plays baseball so I carved the Houston Astros symbol into his pumpkin, and I carved a fun smiley face into Colleen’s to represent her lovely personality. The only problem was that when I showed her it as we got home, I dropped it and it smashed. Of course, right?!
Saturday morning, we all were quite tired so it took a little while to get up and moving. It was great to get to sleep in and relax though, and I don’t think any of us minded taking it slow. Once we did get out of bed, we made a big French toast breakfast with all the fixings. I knew it was going to be a long day, and a good hearty breakfast was just what we needed.
After breakfast, we headed downtown to check out Pumpkinfest, along with thousands of other people. It started at noon, and when we got there at 1, it was already packed with as many people and pumpkins as could fit. We checked ours in to get counted for the world record and then placed them among the others.
I think he liked his!
None of us had ever been to P-Fest before, so we made sure we checked out everything, walking up and down Main Street a couple of times. The wall of pumpkins they make in Central Square is massive, but the pumpkins lining literally every bit of space on the road might be even more impressive. I didn’t really start taking pictures until it got cloudy, but for the first couple of hours, the weather was absolutely perfect.
Kids (and some adults) dressed up in their Halloween costumes and they had face painting, a Ferris wheel, and all kinds of pumpkin carving stations.
The beauty of the town in Fall was enough for me to want to be there!
In addition to the pumpkins and activities, they also had tons and tons of food. You could find everything from corn dogs to turkey legs to fried pickles and Oreos, quesadillas, local maple syrup, and cider donuts. With so many options, it was hard to decide which ones to pick, and I really wished I’d had room for more. We ended up splitting some hand-cut French fries and homemade chili, and it was a delicious lunch. A lot of the food tents benefitted local organizations like youth sports teams, fire stations, and community groups, so I was happy to spend my money on such a good cause.
I think a great time was had by all!
Not to mention… we are the new world record holders of the most carved, lit pumpkins at once. Over 30,000… Woo!
Once we got tired of walking around and fighting the crowds, we came home for a little rest. We watched a little football, ate some dinner, and caught up after quite a while apart. It got cloudy and a little chillier in the afternoon, so it was perfect for some cozy time. Saturday night we went to a party at my friends’ house, and it was great to get to have my old friends spend some time with all of my new ones.
We got in pretty late on Saturday and there was some more sleeping in on Sunday. I think George would’ve been content to stay on that air mattress all weekend!
Once we got him out of bed, we headed downtown for brunch. The wait was painfully long, but it let us catch up some more, and I was grateful for the time with them. Living four hours apart from such great friends is tough and I’ll take what I can get! Once the food came, we all devoured it, with my meal being the standard eggs, bacon, toast, and potatoes. It was decent, but luckily the company made up where the food was lacking.
They had at least a four hour journey home, so they headed out after brunch and I got some weekend chores done: groceries, meal prep… the usual.
And the cherry on top of the perfect weekend was this delicious little caramel apple that I snagged from the festival. I can’t believe it survived an entire day before I ate it, but it was certainly worth the wait!
Have you ever been to a pumpkin festival?
Do you live far from your best friends?