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The DapperDame does Pumpkins

When the leaves start to change and the temperature mellows I start to feel so much more Albertan. sometimes that means learning to shoot a gun, sometimes it means going to a small town pumpkin festival. This year was firearm free. This weekend we headed out to Smoky Lake for their annual pumpkin (and assorted gourd!) celebration. For a town of only 1000 people it sure knows how to turn it out. The whole downtown was flooded with hundreds of vintage cars. And not-so-vintage cars. Some locals felt the need to display their 1992 dodge pickups. I believe the cut off would be 1988 for the “vintage” label this year. Back to the story. Apparently Edmonton has its very own vintage hearse club. They good-naturedly fill the hearses with zombie babies and dress up in vampire costumes.

Not sold yet? Let’s see. A bakery selling goodies like pumpkin pie, pumpkin cinnamon buns and chocolate whoopie pies with pumpkin cream cheese filling. ¬†Or would an adorable little museum complete with ukrainian handiwork, old school baby incubators and an asbestos fireman suit do the trick? A nice gentleman in his 80s kindly pointed out relics I would have walked right past like the little $2 piece of paper from the 1930s granting the holder licence to listen to a radio.

How about hay stacks? Surprisingly warm and soft. Dome-roofed ukrainian churches with melancholy old cemeteries?  Farmers market? Petting zoo for holding chickens, geese, goats and pot-belly pigs? Massive pumpkin weigh-offs and auction?

Of course I’ve saved the most epic for last. 200 foot crane + car + 800 lb pumpkin = crush + boom + splatter of wondrous reach. Watch out for next year!

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