Ludwigsburg pumpkin festival

September 2 to November 6, 2016 at Blühendes Barock (Baroque in Bloom) Ludwigsburg

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Theme 2016: The Pumpkin Circus is Coming to Town!

PUMPKIN GOURMET

Delicious Food and Drinks

  • Pumpkin Specialties
  • Pumpkin Tarte Flambee
  • Pumpkin Popcorn
  • Pumpkin Burger
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

ENTERTAINMENT

Watch and Participate

  • Giant Pumpkin Sculptures
  • Live Music on Saturday
  • Events
  • Artistic Carving

CHILDREN

Fun & Games

  • Storytelling
  • Halloween Carving Tent
  • Straw Castle

SHOPPING

Souvenirs & Food

  • Culinary and Decorative Pumpkins
  • Decoration and Souvenir Shop
  • Artistically-carved Pumpkins

Events

Special Events to Watch and Take Part In

Giant Pumpkin and Squash Showcase Giant Pumpkin and Squash Showcase

Giant Pumpkin and Squash Showcase

Will the record be broken?

Starting September 10, 2016
Market Area
Daily

In mid-April, over 800 varieties of pumpkins and squash from all over the world will be planted in small pots. Around 3-4 weeks later, they'll be transplanted into fields around Ludwigsburg, where they'll be tended with loving care until they're harvested at the beginning of September. At harvest time, each variety of the field crop must be carefully labelled with the correct description.

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″HUBBARD FAMILY″ BY RAY VILLAFANE ″HUBBARD FAMILY″ BY RAY VILLAFANE

″HUBBARD FAMILY″ BY RAY VILLAFANE

Villafane-Studios (USA)

Thurs. Sept. 15 - Sun. Sept. 18, 2016
Pumpkin Festival Grounds
Opening daily at 11 a.m.

We are very pleased to welcome the immensely-talented American pumpkin-carving artist Ray Villafane in Ludwigsburg for the 4th year in a row. Together with his team from Villafane Studios, he will carve blue and red hubbard pumpkins, bringing the next chapter of his popular story of the cuddly little Hubbards to life.

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SAFE AND SOUND TO SCHOOL SAFE AND SOUND TO SCHOOL

SAFE AND SOUND TO SCHOOL

Let pumpkins tell the story of school safety

Sat. Sept. 17 & Sun. Sept. 18, 2016
Blühendes Barock
Sat. 10:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. / Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Let pumpkins tell the story of school safety. On September 17 and 18, 2016, we are once again looking forward to visits from school children from all grade levels and their parents at our special event "Safe and Sound to School", part of the Pumpkin Festival at Blühendes Barock. The activity kiosks are open on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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PUMPKIN CANOE REGATTA PUMPKIN CANOE REGATTA

PUMPKIN CANOE REGATTA

Paddle in a giant hollowed-out gourd

Sunday, September 18, 2016
South Garden, Blühendes Barock
Starting at 12:30 p.m.

At this event, daring pumpkin canoe enthusiasts climb aboard gigantic hollowed-out gourds and try to paddle to victory on Castle Lake. The spectacular Pumpkin Regatta has already been a guest on the television programme Wetten Dass...? Those who would like to paddle along must pre-register. We're looking forward to meeting courageous canoers!

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PUMPKIN SOUP PUMPKIN SOUP

PUMPKIN SOUP

Germany´s biggest pumpkin soup

Sat. Sept 24 & Sun. Sept. 25, 2016
Gourmet Pumpkin Festival
Daily from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

In keeping with our tradition, on the last week of September (Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25), the pumpkin chefs of the Pumpkin Gourmet will once again whip up the biggest pumpkin soup in Germany.  This way, the Pumpkin Festival at Blühendes Barock in Ludwigsburg can once again do a good deed: for every dish of the record-breaking soup sold, we will donate up to 1 Euro to the Helferherz campaign in the district of Ludwigsburg!

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GERMAN PUMPKIN WEIGH OFF GERMAN PUMPKIN WEIGH OFF

GERMAN PUMPKIN WEIGH OFF

German Championship

Sunday, October 2, 2016
South Garden, Blühendes Barock
Starting at 1:30 p.m.

On October 2 it will once again be time for the heaviest and longest pumpkins from Baden Württemberg and Germany to tip the scales. The German record from 2015 was set at 812.5 kg.
Can the record be broken? Who will be the winner? Even oversized Halloween pumpkins - field pumpkins - will weigh in to find the heaviest!

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EUROPEAN PUMPKIN WEIGH OFF EUROPEAN PUMPKIN WEIGH OFF

EUROPEAN PUMPKIN WEIGH OFF

European Championship

Sunday, October 9, 2016
South Garden, Blühendes Barock
Starting at 1:30 p.m.

Europe's number one! After years of gazing across the pond with longing at the colossal pumpkins weighed in by our American and Canadian counterparts, the North American supremacy has fallen. Beni Meier did it! His pumpkin tipped the scales at 1054 kilograms at the European Championship in 2014.

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GIANT PUMPKIN CARVING FESTIVAL GIANT PUMPKIN CARVING FESTIVAL

GIANT PUMPKIN CARVING FESTIVAL

Artists carve giant pumpkins

Sunday, October 16, 2016
Pumpkin Festival Grounds
Starting at 10 a.m.

In the last two weeks the heaviest pumpkins were weighed. Now some of them are set to be carved. Lots of pumpkin artists will be on hand to turn the giant pumpkins into a work of art. The audience will form part of the jury to choose their favourite and can even win something themselves!

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HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CARVING HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CARVING

HALLOWEEN PUMPKIN CARVING

Halloween pumpkin carving for all

October 22 and 29, 2016
Carving tent by the pumpkin sales stand
Starting at 10 a.m.

Visitors to the Pumpkin Festival on this day will be encouraged to show their creative side. We’re offering you the chance to carve out a pumpkin ghost or something similar – and even win great prizes!

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SMASHING PUMPKINS SMASHING PUMPKINS

SMASHING PUMPKINS

Season closing

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Pumpkin Festival Grounds
Starting at 12 p.m.

The winning pumpkins of the Weigh Off will be exhibited for visitors until the festival closing, when we will offer some smashing entertainment. On this, the last day of the festival, visitors will have the chance to get their hands on some of the giants' coveted seeds.

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On Stage On Stage

On Stage

Musical entertainment

Each Saturday, September 10 - October 29, 2016
Festival stage
Starting at 2:00 p.m.

Each Saturday afternoon from around 2:00 p.m. there will be musical entertainment at the pumpkin festival.
The musicians will appear on the stage between the playground in front of the Fairy Tale Garden (Märchengarten), the Pumpkin Shop (Kürbis Shop) and the Pumpkin Gourmet (Kürbis-Gastronomie).

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Taste of pumpkins Taste of pumpkins

Taste of pumpkins

Delicious food creations made from pumpkins

September 2 to November 6, 2016
Gourmet Pumpkin Festival
Daily from 11 a.m.

You will find all kinds of delicious food creations at various locations around the Pumpkin Festival.  Be sure to ask for the flyer “Kürbisse erleben” at the entrance or on the festival grounds.

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OPENING HOURS AND ENTRY FEES

Venue Information

PUMPKIN FESTIVAL OPENING HOURS

Festival 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Pumpkin Gourmet 10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Farm & Souvenir Shop 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Culinary and Decorative Pumpkin Sales 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

The pumpkin exhibition is not illuminated, so visiting after dark is not recommended.

Dogs are generally allowed - please read the specific park regulations on the Blühendes Barock website.

The entrance fees to Blühendes Barock, including a visit to the Pumpkin Festival, and the opening hours of the park can be found on the Blühendes Barock website.

Blühendes Barock, located right in the city centre, takes about 10 minutes to reach following clearly-marked signs from the highway exits Ludwigsburg North and South. For parking information and public transit information, please visit the Blühendes Barock website.
For further travel tips and advance ticket sales infomation, please click here.

Further Information

Interesting Facts about the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

Regional

Our pumpkins are grown primarily in the district of Ludwigsburg. About 80% come from the Eisenmann fruit farm near Marbach am Neckar, while roughly 20% are grown by pumpkin producers in the greater Stuttgart region. This regional cooperation enables us to reach our goal of offering local produce requiring minimum transport. We are also continuously searching for pumpkin seeds from all over the world to expand our selection of pumpkin varieties. We then test cultivation, taste, durability, ease of preparation in the kitchen and many other elements. If we discover a new high-quality variety, we offer it for sale at Baroque in Bloom or display it as one of our decorative pumpkins.

Wood Carvings

Our pumpkin exhibits are built upon support structures constructed mainly from locally sourced wood and straw. The use of materials from the district of Ludwigsburg (or occasionally bordering communities) is in keeping with our regional focus and commitment to short transport distances. Our team of artists, led by Pit Ruge — which has delighted us with wonderful pumpkin sculptures for more than 10 years — makes it their business to keep a watchful eye on the pumpkins that will be used later in their decorative artistry. It’s thanks to their know-how in arranging diverse varieties of pumpkins — marrying together a multitude of shapes, sizes and colours — that we can present fantastic pumpkin art for all to enjoy at our annual fall festival.

The people behind the festival
(from left to right)

Volker Kugel
Director of Blühendes Barock in Ludwigsburg

Beat Jucker
Director, Jucker Farm (CH)

Kerstin Krauter
Organizer Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

Stefan Hinner
Organizer Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival

Jens Eisenmann
Pumpkin Producer from Marbach am Neckar

Jucker Farm - Your Adventure Farm

The mother of all pumpkin festivals is held annually at the Jucker Adventure Farm in Seegräben. Each year the largest pumpkin exhibition in Switzerland presents a special theme that is repeated for your viewing pleasure one year later in Ludwigsburg. However, the Jucker Farm, splendidly located with a view of the lake and mountains offers visitors something special all year round. Visit the farm shop featuring homemade products, or enjoy a hot meal or pastry with a steaming cup of coffee. The farm also has attractions such as a petting zoo, a straw castle, a natural playground and in summer, a secluded hammock park.

Jucker Farm Website
Rent a festival

A pumpkin exhibition in the fall is the ideal attraction to increase your visitor traffic many times over. Rent a pumpkin festival from us for your shopping centre, park, large spaces or your atrium. Our highly-successful festivals in Switzerland, Ludwigsburg and Berlin can now be rented in part or as a whole. For an overview (PDF in German) of each pumpkin theme and the various figures, please visit the Jucker Farm Website.

Jucker Farm Website

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im Blühenden Barock
71640 Ludwigsburg
info@kuerbisausstellung-ludwigsburg.de

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