I’d never heard of the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival but I ended up only 60kms away from it so I went along to have a look.
I had a fabulous time. There were tons of stalls selling fabulous stuff.
I bought some pumpkin fudge!! Can you believe it!! And it tasted like pumpkin and is delicious. I was chatting to the lady who makes it. There is also a watermelon festival – someone suggested to her that she makes watermelon fudge!! She wasn’t too sure about how it would turn out.
The main stage had lots of different music on it.
Lots of people stopped to enjoy the enthusiastic entertainers……..
…..or walk away!!
There was pumpkin every things imaginable. Every article of clothing I think was available in orange with some motif of a pumpkin on it.
There were so many edible variations of it – along with damper made in a camp oven and pumpkin sausages!!
You could try your hand a pumpkin bowls or pumpkin shot put or pumpkin rolling.
I saw the pumpkin rolling. Literally waves of people lines up on top of a street in Goomeri, armed with their own pumpkin, and rolled it down a hill to see how far their pumpkins could roll. It was crazy – hundreds of people lining up with their pumpkins. THe hill was littered with smashed pumpkins and badly gravel rashed pumpkins and ones that sadly hit the gutters and the miracle pumpkins which hopped the gutter at the bottom of the hill and rolled on into the park.
I meet these pumpkin heads there!! I love it when people just dive right into the spirit of a party. They add so much for all of us. I’m sure they have the best fun and meet the most other crazy, outrageously fun people.
There were all sorts of other things on too. When I picked up my programme the guy said go and see Guy MacLean – as if I should know who Guy MacLean in. So I went along – a local’s suggestion has to be a good one. And it was. Guy is a World Champion on a horse – or two or three or five…… He was just so incredible getting his horses to do what he wanted them to do. It seemed without effort but I’m sure the old “Over 10,000 hours and you can master anything” rule of thumb.
Next to Guy was this man doing a demonstration with his bullock team. Huge creatures who worked perfectly as a team.
There were bush poets taking the Mickey out of the city slickers. I loved Gary Fogarty.
Trully a fun day. If you’re within cooee of this festival next year go and have a few pumpkin filled hours.