To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act. Anatole France
A very small town with limited population – economy struggling! young folk all leaving for city jobs. Someone had a dream. What do we have? We have a high hill. We have acres and acres of pumpkins (Even difficult climate is perfect for them).
We’ll have a Pumpkin Festival! We’ll roll pumpkins down our hill. We’ll have races! Huh?
School children got involved (They numbered them and decorated them).
Old people, little shops, local farmers all started coming to participate.
Pumpkin soups, pies, scones, new recipes for cakes, jams, pickles, were made from the smashed pumpkin competitors.
Folks designed logos, made recipe books . People even dressed like pumpkins.
The Pumpkin Festival was born!
This weekend we drove the two hours west to this small town of Goomeri.
Thousands of people came in tourist buses and overnight campers were parked in every possible place.
A dream – a reality!.
There was so much laughter – so much fun…..yet! … still in the grip of drought this very tiny town will settle back to normal survival mode of outback simplicity on Monday.
But.. One weekend a year hundreds of numbered decorated pumpkins will roll again down a hill…….such is the power of dreams.
Do you have a dream? What possibilities?
Something to ponder.
some folk dress in pumpkins
Ancient people welcome to their tribal lands with a corroboree some of the visitors
A section of the hill and the crowd. I simply couldn’t get closer.
The sound of the pumpkins thundering down the hill was quite impressive. We enjoyed the soup, the pumpkin damper and all the amazing pumpkin ‘stuff’.
Have a wonderful week wherever you may be!