let the spooky vibes begin!
Hello again people of the internet. I hope you are out there celebrating and enjoying the final few months of the year. As the days pass by, and the air slowly shifts from summer to fall, I found myself missing all the thrills of the spooky season. This past weekend held the first few days of cold weather. Meaning instead of our typical skin melting 90 degree weather, it was in the mid 80s. So I, as a natural Floridian, grabbed my sweater and thigh high boots and went to the local pumpkin patch. The 2021 Pumpkin Fest at Fruitville Grove in Sarasota was in full swing. This festival has been a stable in my childhood, and it is a tradition to many families in Sarasota, Florida for the past 33 years. From face painting, delicious food, unicorn encounters, a bounce house, circus performances, and more, this festival has something for everyone.
I used to come to the festival all the time as a kid. The excitement of finding the perfect pumpkin and experiencing all the festivities always made me smile. This time was no different. Although the festival was busy, I was able to see everything and experience a few notable features. One of which was feeding all the animals on the farm. I am a sucker for the petting zoo’s and seeing all the wildlife. The goats were adorable and friendly. I feed a few for only a $1, and then I wandered around the farm. From sheep to pigs to chickens, the whole farm was in full swing for all their guests.
The adventure wasn’t over though. While sipping on some amazing freshly squeezed strawberry lemonade, I hit the main attraction – the pumpkin patch! There were so many different shapes and sizes to choose from. The patch itself was arranged in three neat rows with pumpkins stacked on top of the other, providing each wave of guests there own unique pumpkin experience.
I had already picked up a pie pumpkin for a freshly made pumpkin pie, (I’ll make sure to tell you all about that soon) so I was hunting for just one carvable pumpkin to make a Jack-o-Lantern. Since Halloween is still 13 days away, I didn’t want to go overboard and buy too many that will melt before trick-or-treating.
After searching and examining a few pumpkins, I finally found my champion. An adorable, perfectly round pumpkin to call my own. I knew the moment my eyes found it that I had my Jack-o-Lantern. I picked it up, walked over to the register, and left feeling victorious. My pumpkin hunt was a success. Being able to do fall activities like this will always cause me to smile. And after everything the world has come to, shouldn’t we all try to find simple joys in our everyday life? And that was my pumpkin patch shenanigans. Simple, but still exciting and full of joy none the less. I hope you all are celebrating in your own ways. Thanks for reading!