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Ohio leaves

 

Ah yes, fall is in full swing and that means it’s time for pumpkins, corn, covered bridges and great autumn traditions and memories.

In a previous post I talked about how I missed the changing leaves when I lived on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. What I forgot to mention, however, is that the beach doesn’t have pumpkin patches or corn mazes or anything else to announce the coming of the fall season. The only indication beach bums (residents self-identify as beach bums) get about the oncoming fall season is dropping temperatures and empty rental houses.

It’s really sad.

There’s something comforting about all these seasonal traditions we have here in Ohio. I took some time over the past few days to experience the best of what Ohio’s autumn has to offer.

Covered bridges

Ohio has more than 125 historical covered bridges, according to the Ohio Department of Transportation. Five of those historical bridges are in Columbiana County, where I live. I’ve personally visited four of the five bridges. The one I recently visited was the Sells, Roller Hill Bridge just outside of Lisbon, Ohio.

Ohio covered bridge

The Roller Hill Bridge is 50 feet long and approximately 9 or 10 feet wide. The bridge, as it stands, is actually a reconstruction of the original bridge, which was built in 1878. The bridge was removed in 1988 and rebuilt in 1995.

Ashtabula County has 17 covered bridges; including the longest truss covered bridge in the country, the Smolen-Gulf bridge.

I have to admit, every time I visit one of Ohio’s covered bridges The Legend of Sleepy Hollow comes to mind. Particularly this scene from the Disney adaptation:

 

 

Fall is full of freaky legends and folklore isn’t it? Even pumpkin carving has some interesting lore behind it.

The pumpkin patch

OK, I haven’t visited a bona fide pumpkin patch, yet. I did, however, visit a farm that was selling pumpkins. It was also corralling people into a corn maze and selling hot sausages. Nothing screams fall like munching on a hot sausage while finding your way through a corn maze.

We didn’t visit for the maze however, we wanted pumpkins. Ohio pumpkin patch

My friends and I picked up a few pumpkins to decorate, no pumpkins for eating today, though I do make a wonderful pumpkin soup. The soup is actually baked right inside the pumpkin.

Let’s get to the fun part: the carving. This weekend will be the big carving and decorating party. As kids, many of us hacked away at our pumpkins with kitchen knives. We cut open the top, yanked out the guts and roasted the seeds. Next, little triangle eyes, a triangle nose and a mouth full of triangle teeth were carved into the gourd and a candle was placed inside and lit.

That was the pumpkin of yesteryear. Sure, it’s simple and nostalgic, but today, people are turning pumpkin carving into an art form.

wild pumpkin carving

Check out more of his crazy pumpkin carving.

 

Check back next week for photos of my carved pumpkin this year. I’m hoping to bring some humor to my Halloween porch step.

 

 

 

 

Will is Farm and Dairy's newest writer. He's recently moved to Lisbon, Ohio where he lives in a church turned community theater. He enjoys writing (of course), theater and hiking.
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