This one goes out to all my fellow children of "Pumpkin Land", a.k.a. Half Moon Bay. This small coastal town located south of San Francisco has completely dedicated itself to harvest season and more specifically, the pumpkin. This adopted town symbol comes from Half Moon Bay's history of growing produce and its warm Indian Summers. Driving into town on Highway 92 you will see fields of pumpkin patches, haystacks, pony rides and even the occasional scarecrow.
Every October tens of thousands of people flock to Half Moon Bay to attend the Pumpkin Festival. Staying true to the town's farming roots, this old country style festival brings you an all-american small town experience. The festival kicks off with the World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off with giant pumpkins weighing well over 1,000 pounds. Next comes the Halloween costume competition and parade followed by good old pie eating contests. At Pumpkin Festival you can eat and drink pretty much any type of pumpkin flavored food and beverage imaginable. Pumpkin has found its way into ice cream, beer, cocktails, smoothies, churros, chili, donuts, sausage and of course the classic pumpkin pie.
My personal favorite part of harvest season is the bounty of fall colors. Not far from my house the fields are filled with all kinds of decorative pumpkins, gourds and Indian corn. The combination of burgundy, sunflower yellow and a spectrum of oranges gives me a nostalgic feeling. I took to the fields with my fancy new Canon Rebel T5 camera to capture this year's harvest season. I will be back soon enough to pick up my Halloween pumpkin for a craving party with my ladies :)
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