16 October 2009

Photo Friday #19


So, the part I love about travelling the most? Unexpectedly running into and witnessing a local cultural event. Take one giant pumpkin, the winner of the Seaside Giant Pumpkin Contest [easily over 1000 lbs. maybe it was 1300 lbs. I was only half paying attention], one old surrey and hundreds of spectators ... this is what you get.

The Giantest Pumpkin going for a ride.

Dilapidated Surrey waiting for its doom.

Now the giant crane is getting involved.

Lining the pumpkin up carefully before hoisting up.

And up she goes.

To the top!

Does anyone have any safety concerns here? Two guys tugging on the "quick release", 1000 lbs directly overhead, waiting for the right moment to run out of the way. Yoiks!

There they go, spry as ever.


Pumpkin guts abound.

Then there was the mad dash; dozens of children running to see how big a piece of pumpkin they could snatch up.

And there they are.

Together. Pumpkin and Surrey.

What did Spud think of the spectacle? The look on his face was of horror. And almost to the point of tears. His commentary: "That was WAY worse than I even thought it was going to be". When probed, it turned out, his 5-year-old-self, predicted that the pumpkin would still be intact when it landed and squished the Surrey. "You know," he said "all you would see is the pumpkin and the surrey would be hidden underneath it."

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