Pumpkin Fest!

13 Oct

I know I keep saying it, but I promise I’m going to get more regular at these posts! It just goes to show how insane these last few weeks have been! Mainly, finishing up our stint at the Marriott and getting ourselves- and all of our stuff!- into our new house! More on that to come…

But for now, let’s go back to our two visits to the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Fest! John and I have the fondest memories of this festival from our time here in 2010 and we were so excited to take Neve because we just knew she’d love it. It’s this GIANT park in the northern Stuttgart suburb of Ludwigsburg that has a palace, an old castle, an English garden and a magical fairy tale garden all within it. Now imagine gourds of all shapes, sizes and colors descending onto all of the above! It’s the most colorful, unique, fun place you’ve ever seen! Not to mention that there are tons of delicious pumpkin cuisine throughout!



This year’s theme was ‘Taking Flight,’ so all the displays had something to do with flying, whether it was literally or figuratively, like with imagination or with art…


Taking Flight…with the palace in the background…


Pumpkin Fest is the largest pumpkin exhibition in the world. Every year, more than 400,000 gourds 150 tons!- and more than 500 different species of pumpkins are brought in to make it all possible. The craziest part for me is that they’re all grown in this state- Baden-Wurttemberg- not shipped in! In addition to all the sculptures, there are contests for the largest, heaviest (current world record is 1400 lbs!), and best carved. And there’s even a pumpkin boat race where people hollow out the huge pumpkins and paddle them across the lake! The final weekend of the fest, guests are invited to join in the smashing of all the pumpkins. I hate we missed that part, actually- how fun does that sound?!

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Pumpking Maultaschen (German Ravioli- my favorite!) in Pumpkin Soup...Pumpkin Latke, Pumpkin Fries (better than sweet potato!)...and Pumpkin Prosecco to wash it all down!

Pumpking Maultaschen (German Ravioli- my favorite!) in Pumpkin Soup…Pumpkin Latke, Pumpkin Fries (better than sweet potato!)…and Pumpkin Spritzer to wash it all down! (Not pictured: Pumpkin Beer and Pumpkin Prosecco 🙂 )


Yep, everyone enjoyed the pumpkin fries! Ha!

The second time we went, we took our new friends, Ashley and Aubrey, with us. It was their first German festival, so we just knew it’d be perfect since this one is family oriented and relatively tame! Ha! And you can see what a difference just a few weeks makes in the fall colors!



Aubrey, Ashley and Neve…In the boat floating around the Fairy Tale Forest…



Peeking into Rumplestilsken’s house…



Rapunzel's castle...You can see her long braided hair (with red bow) descending from the tower...

Rapunzel’s castle…You can see her long braided hair (with red bow) descending from the tower…


With Aladdin and his magic carpet!


This is really one of the coolest festivals in our opinion. It’s fun for everyone- young children all the way on up. And it’s such the perfect way to welcome the season! Happy Fall, y’all!

4 Responses to “Pumpkin Fest!”

  1. Lori October 14, 2015 at 2:41 AM #

    LOVE LOVE LOVE the pictures, how beautiful. Please Please do the pumpkin boat paddle race, that would be hysterical. I can just see John now rowing a giant pumpkin down a stream…LOL

  2. Anne Lambert October 14, 2015 at 12:27 AM #

    Love the gourd creations! Especially the butterfly. We are going to a pumpkin festival Saturday at Miracle Farms. We are setting up a table to promote OCC- Operation Christmas Child. Supposed to be wagon rides and pumpkin patch and petting farm, so hopefully the kids will have a good time. We miss y’all!

  3. Robin October 13, 2015 at 1:35 PM #

    The park looks gorgeous and a great place to spend time with or without the pumpkins.

  4. Eleanor October 13, 2015 at 1:19 PM #

    Love all the pictures!!! Makes me miss you more! Glad you are meeting new friends and having family time together. Now, hoping to hear about your house soon. I am sure you are probably unpacked totally! Love to you three.

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