At the tail end of September this year, I photographed a couple of events where giant pumpkins were weighed in competition. I overheard a fellow make a comment about one particular giant, “There’s something weird about that one.” I leaned over and offered my own uninvited follow-up comment “There’s something weird about all of those pumpkins.” The guy grinned and enthusiastically agreed, “Yeah, they’re all huge!”
Giant fruits and vegetables are generally peculiar. But a crowd of a hundered people eagerly watching pumpkins get weighed on scales, that’s peculiar too. Even more surprising is the uproar and applause when a new contender puts up a number (on the scale) bigger than any other. Stranger still, some people carve out the giant pumpkins, float it in water, climb inside and paddle it as a boat. I love New England!
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