Time for orbs

Thursday, October 4, 2012

This Friday, Milford’s annual Great Pumpkin Festival opens and if you don’t go at least once during the course of the weekend, well, you might not know what you’re missing but you’ll be missing a lot of fun.

The Festival is one of the premier events in the region and there’s good reason for that: Everybody has a great time. It isn’t just about pumpkins, it’s about getting the family out and about, seeing your neighbors in a setting that doesn’t involve mowing the lawn or shoveling snow, and it is most certainly about great food.

We’re still not crazy about the beer tasting event, but we have to admit that since its inception a few years ago, we have no evidence that anything untoward has happened, so you can mark us down as having been alarmists.

And it isn’t because we don’t love beer; indeed, there are those who might say we love it a bit too much. We were just concerned, as was then-Police Chief Fred Douglas, about the possibility of problems at a town-sponsored event. But it certainly appears that we were wrong and we’re happy that we were.

One of our favorite parts of the weekend is the pumpkin weighing, because it’s impossible to believe, for those of us to whom a green thumb is a myth, that folks can actually grow something so large. Indeed, there was a story in the Boston Globe about the quest to grow a one-ton pumpkin. We recently read that it has been done.

Pumpkins weighing hundreds of pounds that will be in Milford this weekend. And, of course, there are smaller pumpkins for you to buy and carve with your kids.

Try to make every pumpkin you carve look like Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the National Football League. We think, given the quality of the replacement referees messing up NFL games, that would be fitting.

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