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Where the pumpkin meets the ocean
Story and photo by Birgit Thompson USAG Stuttgart Public Affairs othing will happen at the stroke of midnight, like in the tale of Cinderella, in the lower castle gardens in Ludwigsburg. The thousands of pumpkins on display on the grounds will remain the same. Red, orange, white, beige and green pumpkins, almost 450 different types, the symbols of harvest time are being displayed in a unique way at the castle gardens. The pumpkin festival started on Sept. 3 and will continue until Nov.7. “Currently we have about 100 tons of pumpkins on display in the garden,” says Stefan Hinner, organizer and event manager for the exhibit. “We are dependent on Mother Nature to deliver all the pumpkins we need. This year has been a tough one, first the weather dictated late planting and then the cold temperatures in August. But we got it together.” “The Glowing Pumpkin Ocean” is this year’s theme of the exhibit in Ludwigsburg. “We plan a year in advance, the theme is what makes it so interesting, every year we come up with something new, so it is never boring,” Hinner explained. The lower castle gardens are indeed a pumpkin ocean. The shapes of the octopus, mermaid, blue whale, and orca are all formed out of pumpkins. The statues are constantly being maintained by the exhibition crew. Old and moldy or broken pumpkins are being replaced and the statues are kept in tip top shape. “An early frost would be devastating to us,” Hinner says. “It would damage the pumpkins severely and this could become a big problem.” The organizers hope for fair weather in the
Pumpkins large and small make up this orka whale statue in the lower gardens of the Ludwigsburg castle during this year’s “The Glowing Pumpkin Ocean” exhibit. next nine weeks especially since the cool, short summer has put a damper on the numbers of visitors to the gardens. However, while the summer was cool and business a little slow at the castle, the coordinators of the pumpkin exhibit and the restaurant staff created a new delectable item to be offered at the exhibit -Pumpkin-fruit spreads. “Did you know how all the pumpkins spread around the world?” Hinner asks. “It is thanks to the Native Americans who used the seeds as trading goods; this is how pumpkins made it to Asia and Europe. We would really like to put on an exhibition like we have here in Ludwigsburg in the United States. Maybe in Central Park,” he says and laughs. The exhibit is in its 11th year and features multiple events during its nine-week showing. On Oct. 2, the exhibit will host the regional pumpkin weigh-in; Oct. 3, the Baden-Württemberg weight competition will take place and on Oct. 10, the European weight championship is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. A large Halloween event will take place on Oct. 23, and will include pumpkin carving, face painting, craft classes and more. On Nov. 7, the exhibit closes with the annual pumpkin chopping, where visitors get a chance to get fresh seeds from this year’s largest pumpkin to use in their own pumpkin patch for the next season. For more information on the pumpkin event, visit www.blueba.de.
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Food and culture
1/2 cup onion 1 clove of garlic 3 tbsp. butter 2 cups mashed cooked pumpkin 1 cup celery 2 tbsp. risotto rice 1 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground pepper 3 cups chicken broth 1/2 cup half and half or fat free half and half. 4 Maultaschen Pumpkin seeds and oil to taste
Chop the onions, garlic and celery and gently brown with butter in a pan. Put mashed pumpkin with mix and brown lightly. Add salt and pepper. Slowly add chicken broth and heat thoroughly for 20 minutes, do not boil. Add the cream and mix well. To serve, pour into a tureen, add Maultaschen and add the pumpkin seeds and some pumpkin oil on top. Makes 4 to 6 small servings.
Bad Cannstatt Volksfest runs until Oct. 10
The Volksfest is going on in Bad Cannstatt until Oct. 10. Germany’s second largest beer festival (after the Octoberfest in Munich) features several beer tents, live music, rides for children and adults, and more. This year, there will be a looping roller coaster, a water slide and the world’s largest mobile Ferris wheel at the Cannstatter Wasen. The traditional fireworks display at the festgrounds is scheduled for Oct.10 at 9:45 p.m. How to get there: Take the S-Bahn S1, 2 or 3 to the Bad Cannstatt Bahnhof or take the U-Bahn 11 from the Hauptbahnhof directly to the Wasen festival. For more information, visit www. cannstatter-volksfest.de.
The Bad Cannstatt Volksfest attracts thousands of visitors from all over Europe.
The Young Castle opens Oct. 17
The cultural history of Baden-Württemberg comes alive for children with the opening of the new Junges Schloss (young castle) museum at the Landesmuseum in Stuttgart. This children’s museum will open its doors for the first time with the “Secret wonder chambers - a treasure hunt at the young castle” exhibit. The children’s museum invites visitors to touch and try out, to experience and to discover. For more information, visit www. landesmuseum-stuttgart.de . Birgit Thompson
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• Ongoing until Oct. 4 — Konstanz — Octoberfest
This festival is located at the Festgelände Klein Venedig, and features music, dance and more. For more information, visit www. oktoberfest-konstanz.de.
2-3 — Bad Schussenried — October festival
This event is located at the Festplatz.
Barbara chapel in Rienharz.
2-3 — Königsbach-Stein — Village festival
This festival is located in the Alten Kelter in Stein.
2-3 — Durbach — Fall festi-
2-3 — Nagold — Fall festival
until Oct. 10 — Immenstaad Lake Constance — Apple weeks
until Oct. 10 — Mannheim — October fair
This event revolves around the apple. Visitors can help harvest, cook or bake the fruits. The contributing townships show visitors all that can be done with apples. This large fairground event is located at the Messplatz at the Herzogenriedpark.
2-4 — Edingen-Neckarhausen — Festival
This festival features a flea market and more at the Messplatz and the Rathausstrasse. This festival features local wines and more at the Festplatz.
This event is located at the Schloss Staufenberg.
2-3 — Nordrach — October festival 2-4 — Schönbrunn — City festival
This festival is located at the village square in Allemühl. This festival is located at the Sportplatz.
This event is located in the center of town and features an arts and crafts market.
2-4 — Efringen-Kirchen — Wine festival
2 — Tübingen — Duck race
2 — Emmendingen — Potato festival 2-3 — Hessigheim — Fall festival
This festival is located at the Felsengartenkellerei. This festival is located at the Marktplatz.
until Oct. 3 — Göppingen Wine festival 1-3 — Mühllheim — Wine festival 1-3 — Schwäbisch Hall — Haller fall festival
This festival is held at the Marktplatz. This festival is located in the center of Sulzburg.
2-10 — Wertheim — Beer festival
This traditional race features 6000 yellow plastic ducks on the Neckar River, and is located in the center of town. For more information, visit www.tuebingen-entenrennen.de. This Michaelismesse (Michael’s festival) features rides, live music and more at the Festplatz at the MainTauber Halle.
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2-3 — Kehl — Fall festival
This festival features a farmers market and more in the center of town.
1-3 — Uhldingen-Mühlhofen — Wine festival 1-3 — Weinheim — Wine festival 1-4 — Sasbachwalden — Thanksgiving festival
This festival takes place at the Klosterkirche Birnau. This event is located in the center of town. This festival is located at the “Alde Gott eG” and features a large parade on Sunday. For more information, visit www.erntedank-und-weinfest.de.
This festival is located at the Hospitalhof and the Sparkassenplatz.
Stuttgart Night returns Oct. 23
The Stuttgart Night features more than 70 event locations throughout the city center. Museums, galleries, and clubs will keep their doors open late for this event. For more information and tickets, call 0711-601-5444 or visit www.stuttgartnacht.de.
1-4 — Stutensee — October-
This festival is located in the city section of Blankenloch.
2-3 — Alfdorf — Town festi-
This festival is located at the Saint
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3 — Asperg — City festival
This event features the largest German pumpkins at the Pumpkin exhibit at the lower castle gardens.
The Fellbacher Herbst is one of the largest Thanksgiving festivals in the Stuttgart region. It features a fun park, rides, a parade and more. This event features numerous events in the center of town in conjunction with a long shopping night. For more information, visit www. astaf.de. This festival is located at the Festhalle in Fautenbach. This event is located at the Lammplatz and features live music, children’s games and more.
3 — Bad Schussenried — Carriage festival
This festival features a variety market, children’s program and more at the Bahnhofstrasse. This traditional festival features a parade with colorful decorated, historical carriages pulled by horses, cows or goats through the town.
3 — Tübingen — Nature days Bebenhausen
This event is located in the Naturpark Schönbuch at the cloister castle Bebenhausen. This event features a petting zoo for children, a tractor show, children’s theater and more at the Schloss Waldenbuch. This traditional festival is located in the center of town. For more information, visit www.natuerlichbopfingen.de.
8 — Waiblingen — Waiblingen illuminated
3-21 — Hirrlingen — Thanksgiving floral carpet
3 — Waldenbuch — Thanksgiving Sunday
3-10 — Kirchheim unter Teck — Street festival
This festival is located in the historical center of town.
Flowers, produce and more are being used to lay out this Thanksgiving carpet in the St. Martinus church. For more information, visit www. kathkirche-hirrlingen.de.
9-10 — Achern — Onion festival
8-10 — Bopfingen — Folklore days
9-10 — Bad Krozingen — October festival
3 — Ludwigsburg — German • Oct. 8-11 — Fellbach — Fellbach
9-10 — Beuren — Moschtfest
9-10 — Laichingen — Kite festival
This event features fresh fruit juices of this season’s harvest, children’s games, and more at the Freilichtmuseum Beuren. This festival features numerous kite-flying competitions and a market. For more information, visit www. laichingen.de. This fall festival is located in the city district Ruit. This is the final event before the winter break at the Sommerhofenpark. A fireworks display and more will close out the 2010 season. This traditional festival is located at the Allemannenhalle. This event is located at the Rathausplatz.
9-10 — Ostfildern — City festival
9 — Sindelfingen — Light festival
9-10 — Stetten am kalten Markt — Stettener October
9-10 — Wiesenbach — Wine festival 9-11 — Wieloch — Schattenhäuser Eselkerwe
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World Christmas Circus comes to Stuttgart Dec. 9 to Jan. 9
The Weltweihnachtscircus will perform in Bad Cannstatt at the Wasen grounds from Dec. 9 to Jan. 9. For more information and tickets, visit www. weltweihnachtscircus.de.
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Oct. 10 — Gschwend — City festival
This festival is located at the Gemeindehalle and features a shopping Sunday. This historical festival features a parade, music and more in the center of town. Acrobats, artists and musicians meet along the river to perform. It features an arts and crafts market, as well as regional specialties from both sides of the river. The event takes place at the Festgelände at the Viadukt.
60s. Petticoats, Rock ‘n’ Roll and a classic vehicle show transform the downtown area.
14-18 — Weinstadt — Beutelsbacher festival
This event is located at the Marktplatz in Beutelsbach.
10 — Mosbach — Harvest festival
10 — Pliezhausen — Carriage day
This traditional event is located at the Reitanlage im Greut. For more information, visit www.reitverein-pliezhausen.de.
• Oct. 15-18 — Bräunlingen — City
This traditional event features beer keg rolling, live music and an amusement park. For more information, visit www. trachenbund-braeuchlingen.de.
10 — Schömberg — Action
This event features children’s games, music and a farmers market in the center of town.
15-18 — Hirrlingen — Fall festival
This traditional event is located at the Festplatz on Bietenhauser Strasse.
10 — Schwäbisch Hall — Salt
10 — Pforzheim — Ecconomical Wonder
The city returns to the 1950s and
This traditional event is located at the Hällisch-Fränkische Museum.
15-18 — Kernen im Remstal — Roman festival
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Volksmarches in Germany
• Oct. 3 Lindewitt Start: at the train station Flensburg • Oct. 3 Niederkrüchten Start: at the train station Nettetal-Kaldenkirchen • Oct. 3 Berschweiler Start: at the train station Kirn • Oct. 3 Mainz Start: at the train station Budenheim • Oct. 1-3 Fulda Start: at the train station Fulda • Oct. 3 Hattersheim Start: at the train station Hattersheim • Oct. 2-3 Humes Start: at the train station Eppelborn, Illingen • Oct. 3 Eintürnenberg - Bad Wurzach Start: at the train station Wolfegg • Oct. 3 Klettgau-Erzingen Start: at the train station Klettgau-Erzingen • Oct. 3 Marschalkenzimmern Start: at the train station Sulz or Oberndorf • Oct. 2-3 Weissenbrunn-Kronach Start: at the train station Kronach • Oct. 3 Aichach-Unterwittelsbach Start: at the train station Aichach • Oct. 3 Ensdorf Start: at the train station Amberg • Oct. 3 Altötting Start: at the train station Altötting • Oct. 6 Mainz-Gosenheim Start: at the train station Mainz • Oct. 9-10 Klein Wittensee Start: at the train station Owschlag • Oct. 9 Helmstedt-Haldensleben-Marsch Start: at the train station Haldensleben • Oct. 10 Vietze Höhbeck Start: at the train station Dannenberg • Oct. 10 Dahlewitz Start: at the train station Dahlewitz • Oct. 9-10 Krefeld-Hüls Start: at the train station Krefeld • Oct. 10 Madfeld Start: at the train station Madfeld • Oct. 9-10 Bischofsdhorn Start: at the train station Idar-Oberstein • Oct. 9-10 Dachsenhausen Start: at the train station Braubach • Oct. 10 Frohnhausen Start: at the train station Dillenburg • Oct. 9-10 Wiesbaden-Klarenthal Start: at the train station Wiesbaden • Oct. 9-10 Auersmacher Start: at the train station Auersmacher • Oct. 9-10 Primstal Start: at the train station St. Wedel • Oct. 9-10 Heidenheim-Schnaitheim Start: at the train station HeidenheimSchnaitheim • Oct. 9-10 Knittlingen Start: at the train station Bretten • Oct. 9-10 Berghaupten Start: at the train station Offenburg or Gengenbach • Oct. 9-10 Laiz Start: at the train station Sigmaringen • Oct. 9-10 Wehr-Öflingen Start: at the train station Wehr-Brennet • Oct. 9-10 Röttenbach Start: at the train station Erlangen • Oct. 9-10 Marktbreit-Kitzingen/Main Start: at the train station Maktbreit • Oct. 9-10 Haus im Wald Start: at the train station Grafenau • Oct. 9-10 Grossmehring Start: at the train station Ingolstadt Nord • Oct. 13 Hahnenbach Start: at the train station Kirn/Nahe • Oct. 16-17 Kiel Start: at the train station Kiel • Oct. 17 Ilsenburg Start: at the train station Ilsenburg • Oct. 16-17 Burbach-Holzhausen Start: at the train station Burbach-Holzhausen • Oct. 17 Meschede-Wallen Start: at the train station MeschedeFreienohl • Oct. 16-17 Allenbach Start: at the train station Idar-Oberstein For more information, visit the Deutsche Volkssport Verband at: www.dvv-wandern.de/t_de/tb or visit www.sgawc.org.
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15-25 — Freiburg — Fall fair
• Oct. 15-18 — Sankt Johann — City
This event is located at the Flughafen, Freigelände. For more information, visit www.freiburgermess. freiburg.de. This festival takes place at the Gemeindehalle. This festival is located at the Festplatz and features a parade on Sunday at 2:15 p.m.
and more will be available for visitors to sample. There will also be a historical car show and live music during the event. For more information, visit www. filderkrautfest.de.
17 — Oberhamersbach — Traditional festival
This festival features traditional costumes, flag bearers and more all around the Rathaus.
16-17 — Stuttgart — Wine
18-20 — Ostfildern-Kemnat — Town festival
This event is located in the city center of Kemnat.
16 — Angelbach — City festival
16-18 — Sulzfeld — October festival 17 — Bad Friedrichshall — Street theater festival
This festival is located at the Rathausplatz.
The hans-Martin-Shleyer-Halle will be the location for this international wine event. For more information, visit www. weinmessestuttgart.de. This festival is located at the Festzelt in the center of town.
21 — Trochtelfingen — Noodle night
This fun event is located at the Alb-Gold noodle center. For more information, visit www. alb-gold.de.
16-17 — Dachsberg — October festival
This traditional festival takes place at the Dachsberghalle in Wittenschwand.
16-24 — Metzingen — Seven wine press festival 16 to Nov. 7 — Lahr — Chrysanthemum festival
During this event the city streets, squares and house facades are being decorated with chrysanthemums. For more information, visit www. chrysanthema.de. This traditional event takes place at the Stadtkelter in Metzingen.
16-17 — Leinfelden-Echterdingen — Cabbage festival
This traditional festival is located www.mainau.de throughout the city. Cabbage cutting, cabbage throwing, cabbage cuisine
17-18 — Crailsheim — Traditional sheep dance
This festival is located in the center of Onolzheim. For more information, visit www.hammeltanz.de.
Oct. 1 Rottweil Oct. 2 Waiblingen Oct. 2 Mannheim-Sandhofen Oct. 2 Schmiden-Fellbach Oct. 2 Freiburg Oct. 2 Laupheim Oct. 2 Mannheim-Rosengarten Oct. 2 Göppingen Oct. 2 Nürtingen Oct. 2 Tübingen Oct. 2 Esslingen Oct. 2 Winnenden Oct. 2 Backnang Oct. 2 Fellbach Oct. 2 Ludwigsburg Oct. 3 Ostfildern Oct. 3 Vaihingen/Enz
Flea markets in Baden-Württemberg
Oct. 3 Calw Oct. 6 Freiburg Oct. 6 Kirchheim Oct. 6 Fellbach Oct. 9 Filderstadt Oct. 9 Böblingen Oct. 9 Ludwigsburg Oct. 9 Heidelberg Oct. 9 Ludwigsburg Oct. 9 Tübingen Oct. 9 Korntal Oct. 9 Fellbach Oct. 9 Bietigheim Oct. 9 Crailsheim Oct. 10 Winnenden Oct. 10 Fellbach Kaufland Oct. 10 Holzgerlingen Oct. 12 Metzingen Oct. 13 Fellbach Oct. 16 Schmiden/ Fellbach Oct. 16 Ludwigsburg Oct. 16 Berlichingen Oct. 16 Baden-Baden Oct. 16 Tübingen Oct. 16 Pforzheim Oct. 16 Murrhardt Oct. 17 Stuttgart Oct. 17 Todtmoos Oct. 17 Gärtringen Oct. 17 Hussenhofen Oct. 20 Kirchheim Oct. 20 Fellbach Oct. 20 Mannheim-Brühl Oct. 22 Sindelfingen Oct. 23 Waiblingen Oct. 23 Schwäbisch Gmünd Oct. 23 Stuttgart-Universität Oct. 23 Nürtingen Oct. 23 Tübingen Oct. 23 Sindelfingen-Glaspalast Oct. 23 Denkendorf Oct. 23 Ludwigsburg Oct. 24 Stuttgart Oct. 24 Sindelfingen Oct. 24 Nellingen Oct. 24 Schorndorf Oct. 30 Schmiden/Fellbach For a complete listing and locations, visit www.meine-flohmarkt-termine.de and click on the 7000 zip code link.
Out & AbOut in bAden-württemberg
Commander: Col. Carl D. Bird Command Sgt. Major: CSM Anthony Bryant Public Affairs Officer: Larry Reilly Out & About Editor: Birgit Thompson
The Out & About in Baden-Württemberg web-based newsletter is an unofficial publication of the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart, IMCOM-Europe and the U.S. Army authorized under the provisions of AR-360-1. The newsletter is updated regularly by the Public Affairs Office. The newsletter can also be viewed on the U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart Web site at: http://www. Stuttgart.army.mil. This newsletter is a command information product with emphasis on events and activities occurring on the
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