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Just loopy for Pumpkin People!



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Badger Realty in Jackson is the home of this charming group of pumpkin bunnies. Dick Pollock. (click for larger version)
October 15, 2009
It's been about 20 years since the first Pumpkin People began appearing at businesses in and around Jackson each October for a month-long celebration of creativity, humor and the season. This year there's a bumper crop: 47 displays that are as far south as the center of North Conway and Intervale, as far west as Hart's Location, north through Pinkham Notch and all over Jackson.

On a recent Sunday, we headed out, carefully plotted route in hand — one nearly continuous loop with virtually all right-hand turns (all the better to negotiate the road on a busy weekend). We downloaded the official Return of the Pumpkin People Map from www.JacksonNH.com to plan our route. To plan a different route, you can also pick a map up at any participating business.

It took us the better part of the day, since we took our time, stopped for an elegant brunch at the Eagle Mountain House, chatted with others from as far away as England and Canada who were on their own Pumpkin People quests—and spent some time with Mt. Washington Valley Towing (but that's another story). We saw some of the season's best foliage and parts of the Mt. Washington Valley we hadn't been to in a while — and vowed to do it all again next year.

The judges have chosen their favorites — they're noted below — but there's still time to tour and vote for the display you think should take home the 2009 People's Choice Award. Official ballots are available at any of the participating businesses. Once you've made your choice, drop off your ballot by Oct. 20 at the Jackson Chamber's outdoor ballot box or mail it to the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 304, Jackson, NH 03846. The People's Choice winner will be announced Oct. 31.

For an Unofficial Pumpkin People (and Animal) Loop from Route 16 North in North Conway, start at...

TD Banknorth

Turn right at the light onto Kearsarge and follow it two miles to Mt. Surprise Rd. and...

KButtonwood Inn

Return to Hurricane Mountain Road and turn right. At the bottom of the hill, turn right onto Route 16, then right again onto Route 16A, Intervale to...

KGlen Oaks Inn

KOld Field House

KRiverside Inn

At the end of Route 16A, turn right onto Route 16 North. In Glen, bear right towards Jackson to...

KNordic Village

Continue going north on Route 16. Go right through the covered bridge onto Route 16A to Jackson Village and...

KDebony Healthy Hair & Spa Most Beautiful Pumpkin People Award

KFlossie's General Store An American Tribute Award

KThe Village House

KRavenwood Curio Shoppe A Must-See

KInn at Jackson Most Colorful Award

Turn right onto Thorn Hill Road...

KInn at Thorn Hill

Return to Route 16A and go right to...

KWildcat Inn & Tavern A Must-See

KSnowflake Inn

KBadger Realty Most Precious Award

Bear right onto Route 16B to...

KJackson Grammar School First Place Student

KJackson Post Office A Must-See

KAs You Like It Bakery

KJackson Area Chamber of Commerce

KChristmas Farm Inn & Spa A Must-See

KBlack Mountain

KWhitney's Inn at Jackson A Must-See

Continue on Route 16B. (It bears left at Whitney's.) At Carter Notch Road, go right to...

KMountainside Farm B&B

Turn around. Continue on Carter Notch Road. Take a right on Partridge Road to…

KJanet Green Residence (#12) Cutest Residence

Continue on Carter Notch Road to...

KEagle Mountain House & Golf Club 2009 Overall Business First Place Winner

KCarter Notch Inn A Must-See

KThe Wentworth, An Elegant Country Inn A Must-See

Turn right onto Route 16A to...

KJ-Town Deli & Country Store Cutest Award

KD.D. Warren Residence (on the left just before the Thompson House Eatery) Overall Residence First Place Winner

KThompson House Eatery A Must-See

Bear right onto Route 16 North to...

KShannon Door Pub: Award for Funniest

KMt. Washington Auto Road & Great Glen Trails Most Entertaining & A Must See

Turn left onto Rt. 16S to...

KInn at Ellis River Second Place Overall

KWildcat Service Station

KThe Lodge at Jackson Village

KAhhh...Moondance Massage A Must-See

KRed Fox Bar & Grille

KGlen Ledge Corner Store

KTD Banknorth Glen A Must-See

Bear right onto Route 302 West to...

KCovered Bridge House A Must-See

KNotchland Inn A Must-See

Turn right onto Route 302 East to...

KBartlett Inn Award For The Pumpkin People Having The Most Fun

KBlack Bear Realty Most Creative Use of Pumpkins and Gourds

Continue straight on Routes 16/302...

KBelieve in Books

KScarecrow Pub A Must-See

K1785 Inn & Restaurant A Must-See

KWhite Mountain Artisans Gallery A Must-See.

Editor's Note: All words in this article that have been italicized are those that have come directly from the official results from the Pumpkin People competition judges and not from the Mountain Ear or the writer of the article .

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