You really need to plan a trip to this charming area this fall.
Love pumpkins? Love fall? Love the Lone Star State? Yes, yes, and yes.
Then do we have the getaway for you: Floydada, Texas. The roll-off-your-tongue tag may not be on your travel radar, but the rural small town about an hour Northeast of Lubbock is well worth an autumnal pilgrimage. As the website for Assiter Punkin Ranch & Pumpkin Patch, FloydadaPumpkins.com, shares, the town's pumpkin prowess all started with B.A. "Uncle Slim" Robertson who began raising pumpkins in the late '50s or ealy '60s at the urging of Aunt Grace.
"He once received a letter addressed simply To: The Pumpkin Man. Later other farmers found that our climate, soils and knowledge base proven by Uncle slim offered a promising alternative and fun crop. Now Floyd County produces around 1800 acres of Pumpkins annually," the site explains. Along with the famed Assiter Punkin Ranch, the area's other farmers grow pumpkins as their prize crop.
There's also Punkin Days, an annual celebration of all things pumpkins with arts and crafts, food, games, relay races, a barbecue competition, chili cook-off, and more, at Assiter Punkin Ranch & Pumpkin Patch. Indeed, Floydada's reputation as the "Pumpkin Capital" is well-deserved: "Although only about fifteen hundred acres of the crop is grown annually in this county, pumpkins produce about 20,000 to 50,000 pounds per acres. That's approximately ten to fifteen million pounds of pumpkins, or in layman's terms about one million pumpkins," according to the Floydada Chamber of Commerce.
So who's ready to embark on a gourd-geous vacation?