Until I moved to Vermont, I did not realize that one fall festival could be better than another. To me, hay rides, pumpkin painting, and warm apple cider could be done anywhere with comparable success. We had a fabulous time last year, and that was with a one-year-old; I figured this year would be even better. So when my friends said they were going to the Keene Pumpkin Festival (which was featured on HGTV), I said I’d hit up a local one instead. We had a lot of fun, but it wasn’t this!
Lesson learned: we’ll go next year. But the kids still had a great time at our small town celebration, no matter how low key.
After all, it was my father-in-law’s birthday so we had family and hot chocolate. Keys to success.
Add in some pumpkin and face painting plus a wagon ride, and who needs a towering wall of pumpkins and the hassle of parking? We had everything we needed to celebrate the season.
A photo of beautiful Em getting her face painted was actually in The Vermont Standard! That’s the second time she’s been in that newspaper, plus the magazine cover I took of her last year for Kid Stuff. If crazy hair comes into fashion, I’ve got a model on my hands for sure!
My favorite part of the day was when a kid walked by and said to Jax, whose lightning on his cheek left a little to be desired, “Wow, you got bacon painted on your cheek? Awesome!” Yes, that would have been awesome, except it was supposed to be a lightning bolt. I like bacon better.
And speaking of food, did I mention s’mores?
For all my jokes, it really was a fun time, although I generally like my festivity on a grander scale. Next year I think we’ll brave the media circus and head to Keene, but that’ll be with a 7 month old in tow, so who knows? Maybe a fall festival of this size will feel just right.