Pumpkins to Potatoes and More

What a weekend! After what feels like non-stop weekends of festivals for the past month, this weekend I found myself checking out 3 more. First off, the Pumpkin Pitch in Burlington. I've been wanting to go to this for years but never thinking about it until Halloween which is too late. This year, however, I saw the sign while riding the bus* so made it happen. Basically, competitors build giant trebuchets and huck pumpkins. The winning team chucked one over 1500 feet!

From the pumpkins to potatoes, we headed to Mount Vernon to check out their harvest festival which was highlighted by a world record attempt for the largest potatoes au gratin. While the spectacle was fun and it was great to run into so many folks I knew, the potatoes were rather unsatisfying: undercooked, cold, and lacking any spices whatsoever. Luckily, a hop over to the Skagit coop for some bacon ice cream cleansed the palette.

Lastly, after somehow missing the action for the last 5 or more years, I walked to downtown Anacortes to check out the Oyster Run, our town's annual motorcycle rally. In a word, it was big. So so so many motorcycles and people in black leather. While it was interesting to stroll through and see all the action, I can't say that I'm so excited that I'm looking forward to next year. But a party is a party and it was definitely good for the businesses of A-train.

All in all, a fun weekend. Who would have thought our little corner of the state could be so exciting!
Monday September 26 2011File under: Anacortes, events

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on Tue 27th Sep, 2011 04:36 pm PDT Stephanie said:
Oh my god! It's soooo hilarious that you posted about this, because my very good friend Collin was on that winning pumpkin throw team! He just showed us the video last night. Very impressive. I wish I had been able to go see it as I did know about it ahead of time, but alas... I had work.
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on Thu 29th Sep, 2011 08:18 am PDT Aurora said:
Three cheers for BACON!!!
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on Wed 12th Oct, 2011 04:31 pm PDT Brandy said:
I didn't see you at the world largest potatoes au gratin! I didn't get to taste any of it, it wasn't finished cooking yet. After reading your post kinda glad I missed the tasting part... Saw the punkins being pitched, but was actually at a soccer game a few fields over. Go Anacortes Breakers! yes, they won.

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