By Serina Wells, Intern, The Comanche Chief

Well friends, it is ever so slowly turning into the, in my humble opinion, the absolute best time of year. There is a cool “crispiness” to the air, the colors of nature are changing, we are on the precipice of change. It is nearing the time of oranges, yellows, and reds, and I don’t mean on the thermometer! (So yes, I am just going to ignore the fact that we had 90-degree days last weekend.) The time of sweaters, chilly morning air, hot beverages, and playing in piles of crunchy leaves. This time of year also brings some delicious food! (I am a huge fan of food if you can’t tell.) Stew, chili, soups, every flavor of pies and cobblers imaginable, and then, Thanksgiving Dinner!

Speaking of pie… Some take the love of pie, specifically pumpkin, to the highest level imaginable, then they go beyond that! In September of 2010 in New Bremen, Ohio, a group of people created a giant masterpiece. These people baked a 3,699-pound pumpkin pie that was 20 feet in diameter! To make this incredible, indescribable pie, required 1,212 pounds of canned pumpkin, 2,769 eggs, 109 gallons of milk, 525 pounds of sugar, 7 pounds of salt, and 14.5 pounds of cinnamon. That is amazing, or crazy, or both. Amazingly crazy, there we go!

Throughout the first months of fall, there are multiple national “day of’s” that you can celebrate to add even more splendor to this wonderful season. Towards the end of September is when these national day of’s really begin. On September 27 it is national scarf day, followed by national mulled cider day on September 30. National fall foliage is honored for an entire week starting the last Sunday in September. And lastly for September, the entire month is national fall hat month, which I find quite amusing. Now October, as I am sure you can imagine, is chalk full of various fall related national days. October kicks off with national black dog day on the first. This is followed by pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins! The 7 is national pumpkin seed day, the 21 is pumpkin cheesecake day, and lastly, the 26 is national pumpkin day. From there it is black cat day on the 27 before we get into the Halloween related days. The 30 is national candy corn day and this year it is also Frankenstein Friday. The 31 has quite a few national days that fall on it, which came to no surprise to me. They are, trick or treat day, caramel apple day, magic day, and, as you all know, Halloween. National chili week is also celebrated in October during the first week of the month. The entire month of October is dedicated as national bat month.

Not to worry, fall is a comin, just might be a little slow to get here, after all this is Texas we’re talking about. So go out and get yourself something pumpkiny or just something fally and stay safe out there!

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