MINI PENNY: Round Town

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Round Town

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I can go on and on about how I love autumn — but it's never officially fall-time until I visit my hometown of Circleville, Ohio, for the Circleville Pumpkin Show.

There's a bit of kitsch that goes into this thing. I can recall going to the festival every year for as far back as I can remember. Some years it's warm enough for shorts and other times you would think it was about to snow. Well, this year the weather was perfect. We made it there early on a Saturday morning to beat the traffic and crowds.

What makes this event so special? Well, my school (which wasn't even in the downtown area) would close for three days, while the town itself would essentially close the streets for a week. Almost every vendor boats some pumpkin-flavored concoction (my favorite!) and there are gourds piled as high as the sky! Wanna see more?

First things first — Lindsey's Bakery. This is where I worked when I was in high school. Prior to my job here, I didn't like donuts. I know, right? Terrible! But Lindsey's makes their donuts fresh every evening, along with pies, breads, cakes, and cookies. They pretty much changed my view on fried yumminess. Also, see that pie up top? For the longest time, it was promoted as the world's largest pumpkin pie! I think it was 2004 or 2005 when another town in Ohio beat this monster (which I think is 7 feet in diameter). Everyone always asks, too, what happens to the pie after it's been sitting in the bakery window for a week? Well, the first farmer who calls dibs gets it to feed to their piggies! You can even see a framed photo in the top right of a few swines enjoying their pumpkin-y feast. Cute!

My second favorite part is the art show! I have a huge pile of Pumpkin Show ribbons around here somewhere from elementary through high school. While their photography section judging leaves a bit to be desired (no offense — but color selection photography is not the best thing ever discovered), there was one really amazing photograph of an abandoned building that I wish I could have viewed the artists' name. They had it hanging all the way at the top (unreadable!) and ribbon-less (inexcusable!).

But, the children's artwork is always awesome. The series of scribbly reasons why kids love fall was great, and I couldn't agree with this kid more: "I like fall because I just do!" And amount the rows of decorated pumpkins, I spotted an awesome Mike Wazowski, a couple of Angry Birds, adorable kitty pumpkins, and this funny little robot! So creative, these kids!

Of course, the apple doesn't fall too far away from the tree. I assume my ribbon-winning creative skills might stem from my mom's artistic eye. I don't think I've ever mentioned it before, but my momma is a quilter. I was able to snap a little detail shot of this quilt that scored her a first place ribbon (there was a second quilt, too, but my iPhone photo didn't do it justice). Congrats, Mom!

This was another first-place-ribbon quilt in the show done by my mom's friend Ann Sloneker. It was really awesome because it was all white with a tiny bit of maroon and a few these fantastic embroidered lady busts. Love it!

There was a craft show in the same building as the quilts — everything from Harry Potter crafted out of pumpkins to this really amazing Ohio made from welded tools and chain. And rightfully so, it won a best of show ribbon!

I really have a soft spot for little pop-up food carts and their silly names and typography. Not to mention that I love the side of the building in the background.

I brought one of my Polaroid cameras out from hiding today. I have about two and a half packs of film left, and I'm seriously hoarding them. I know that I can buy Impossible Project now, but I'm putting it off as long as possible.... (anyone wanna gift me an Instax in piano black? haha)

And of course, Pumpkin Show wouldn't be Pumpkin Show with pumpkins! Up top is a pumpkin weighing nearly 1200 pounds — and it wasn't even the winner (which I think was around 1500?)! Every year there's a great pumpkin tower full of shiny pretties. It feels like autumn in my book!

So I'm officially one week away from the move out and I've got so much on my plate. I'm trying to sell my car (fingers crossed) — that's my biggest project right now. Oh, and packing. I haven't started packing yet. I've decided that I will start Monday on my day off! Until then, my list of random little things I have to buy is slowly growing... towels, shower curtain, a sofa, dishes... everything that Geoff and I have been sharing for the past year or so that I need to have for my little Chicago apartment! I feel a Target run in my near feature, sheesh!

But, at least it finally stopped raining! ;)

Denim vest, thrifted
Graphic tank, Forever 21
Silence+Noise Jeggings, UO
Kimchi Blue Mary Jane Platforms, UO
Banjo necklace, thrifted
Hazy Days sunnies, UO

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