Good morning and welcome to the blog. Saturday was the annual Pumpkin Fest celebration in Anamosa, drawing pumpkins and people from all over the Midwest. It was an absolute blast as they weighed pumpkins and festival goers enjoyed good food, music, a parade, etc. Pumpkin Fest is the biggest event of the year in this tiny town.
So many pictures were taken that even downsizing them, it will take two posts. I’ve divided the photos into two groups – parade and non-parade activities. Today I’ll post the non-parade fun and introduce some local friends. On Tuesday the parade pics will automatically post. The plan is to keep the chatter to a minimum and just add some captions! So here are some fun activities and some of my local pals! — VT
After selecting the favorite chili I bought a chili dog. Managers Bryan and Jeremy were selling them for $3. The purchaser receives a hot dog bun and a warm hot dog… then goes back to favorite crockpot and loads up the hot dog with chili and, optionally, sour cream, cheese, onions, etc. Sadly, I went back for a heartburn inducing second chili dog because they were so good! No word on who won the chili contest.
After milling around and eating well, it was time to park along Main Street and enjoy the parade. Those pictures will be posted soon. Thanks for visiting today! Happy camping!
Just one more thing… Here is an autumn recipe idea that turned out well in the kitchen at home today. I used an acorn squash (“squarsh” if you are from Buchanan County, Iowa). It’s hollowed out. The dressing was just “Stove Top” for pork. I used pork sausage and added onions, celery, dried cranberries and a little unsweetened applesauce from the food pantry. The f;avors worked very well, adding a bit of Autumn flavor. The squash was baked for an hour at 350 degrees using some butter and pumpkin pie spice… I added the stuffing and baked a bit longer. This idea would work very well over a campfire.
Brad and Jenny
Jones County, Iowa