Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett selects a practice pumpkin yesterday.
Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett selects a practice pumpkin yesterday.

Pumpkins get rollcall

PUMPKINS will roll over this, you can be sure.

In fact, they have already.

Goomeri’s trademark autumn pumpkin festival has been stolen, or at least borrowed for the northern hemisphere autumn (or “fall” as the Americans say).

The culprit’s name is Lewiston, a picturesque city set in spectacular farmland hills in the US state of Idaho, not far from its borders with Oregon and Washington State.

But the good pumpkin rolling people of Lewiston freely admit they got the idea from us.

Organiser Vikky Ross gave full credit to Goomeri when interviewed by the Lewiston Tribune.

As it reported last week: “Pumpkins will replace cars on the Fifth Street hill during Pumpkin Palooza, a celebration of fall in downtown Lewiston.”

A “palooza,” we are told, is a big party, as sometimes held to welcome recently separated people back into the world of dating.

And while Idaho has often been better known for its potatoes than its pumpkins, it may be that potatoes don’t roll so well.

Nor do pumpkins necessarily, as Gympie Region Deputy Mayor Tony Perrett remarked on a mossie busting visit to Goomeri yesterday (see P.3 of today’s issue).

“You’ve got to select your pumpkin carefully,” he said as he checked some of the smaller rounder ones at the town’s Foodworks grocery store.

In Goomeri, the idea is to get that pumpkin rolling as fast and straight as possible, to see how far across the road and park it will go.

Lewiston rules, however, require people to actually aim for a chute at the bottom – and anyone succeeding will be in a draw for $10,000.

At $5 a roll or three for $10, it’s probably worth a throw, but obviously pumpkin choice is even more important over there.

“I did some practicing on rolling some pumpkins and they have a mind of their own,” Ms Ross told the paper.

“Pumpkins do not roll straight, I can tell you that,” she said.

The weekend event promised pumpkin bowling for the kids and pumpkin carving. One restaurant even made all its food from pumpkins at its special venue Taste of Everything Pumpkin.

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