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Pumpkinfest 2014

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Last year I had so much fun at the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival that I said I was absolutely going back in 2014 for the Pumpkin Regatta. It was a major priority for me this fall and since Mike knows what's good for him, he went along with it.

Well, mostly. We did get in a huge argument that morning and that miiight have tainted this years experience just a bit, but we're going to ignore that, ok? Thanks.

Pumpkin Regatta 2

The regatta wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I thought it would be several people in pumpkins battling it out American Gladiator style to be the first to the other side of the pond.

It was really two lanes cordoned off on either side of the pond and one person in each lane racing the other person. So, much more reserved that the epic waterlogged pumpkin battles of my imagination. It was still fun to watch for a while, though.


The theme for the rest of the park was Kurbis Royale, or Pumpkin Royal, and the Baroque Gardens was the perfect setting for it.

I didn't take a lot of pictures this year, mostly because I was being stubborn regarding the morning's argument, but I finally gave up and decided to enjoy myself at least a little bit. Sometimes I need an attitude adjustment and Elvis was just the pumpkin-man to break me out of my funk.

I mean, how can you not smile at this guy?




The sculptures this year were rather magnificent in design, even if some of the pumpkins were already falling away from the frames. The amount of imagination and hard work required to create these whimsies always impresses me. And it's always nice to see so many people out and enjoying such a fun festival.




I know it's silly, but these birds? They were my favorite display of the day. I have no idea why; I just think they are so stinkin cute. Every time I walked by them, they made me laugh.





Between the gardens and the festival, there is certainly something for everyone. I enjoyed the gardens more this year than last.  And I thought the piles of pumpkins and gourds were especially pretty. But I think my favorite part was the beautiful colors and textures of some of the pumpkins.






I don't know when we will have another chance to go to another pumpkin festival like this one, but it's one of my favorite memories of Germany and I'm really glad we made the time to go. Perhaps if you're ever in this area in September or October, you'd like to check it out.

Now I just need to find a chocolate festival that's even half as awesome! 

2 Responses to “Pumpkinfest 2014”

  1. STUNNING!! The photos are magnificent!! I'm glad, that despite the tiff before hand, you opted to take a few photos and enjoy yourself!! ♥

    1. Thank you so much! I'm glad I decided to get over myself as well.