A fun Fall festival

Continuing the color theme ‘orange’ from the previous post title comes this one about orange Halloween pumpkins…the Half Moon Bay Art and Pumpkin Festival.

Costumed kid on pumpkin

This festival is a signature event during the fall season at Half Moon Bay city on the California coast, about 45 minutes from San Francisco. The Art and Pumpkin festival is like a magnet attracting hordes of people including cute kids in costumes, all reveling in the “spirit” of Halloween. A word of caution though: getting to the place is a headache due to hours spent in traffic, moving so “fast” that a snail might overtake your car.

Costume contests, pie-eating contests, pumpkin contests (for the largest pumpkin) and live professional pumpkin carving shows are arranged. There are never-ending lines of stalls showcasing their artistic goods: paintings, jewelry, show-pieces, clothes, handicrafts, photographs, scented herbs and so on. Other kinds of art meant for the eyes as well as ears are on display in the form of musical performances by solo or group artists and street performers doing juggling acts or gymnastics. Interactive stalls are also set up where activities like candle decoration, face painting, pumpkin carving are offered. Local bands take the stage one after the other and amplify the festivity in the atmosphere.

Handicraft - a witch dollWhen the eyes, ears, nose are being given a treat, can another important sensory organ be left behind? Yes, we are talking of every fair or festival’s essentials: food stalls! Apart from the usual fare of french fries, tacos, hot dogs, chips, sandwiches, roasted corn, drinks, cotton candy, this festival offers special pumpkin based and pumpkin flavored food items. There are pumpkin pies available by the slice, cups of creamy pumpkin soup, pumpkin flavored barbecue sauces and even the unimaginable-but-delicious pumpkin flavored ice-cream!

All-in-all, the event celebrates the fall season along with Halloween and provides a fun feeling of transition into the changing season.

Pumpkin Carver


About Dancing Fingers Singing Keypad

This blogger is someone whose fingers itch to dance, coaxing the keypad to sing. For years, I kept saying that writing for me was a mere hobby. And then, just like the lead characters of a typical romantic movie it finally dawned upon me just how much I love this form of art and how I simply cannot live without it. And then we lived happily ever after ... or tried to, for isn't there the following saying? “Writing is torture. Not writing is torture. The only thing that feels good is having written." Originally from India, I reside in California, USA with my husband and little daughter and work as a software engineer. (I’ve got to be practical, the aforementioned love of my life doesn’t pay for food yet and it doesn’t hurt that I enjoy computer programming.) With the title loosely inspired by the Oscar-winning Chinese film “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon“, this blog, “Dancing Fingers, Singing Keypad” welcomes viewers …err… readers to savor the performances of its “characters”.
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