Pumpkins at Préveranges – Fête de la Citrouille

To celebrate the start of our off-season, and the build-up to Halloween, we went to the Fête de la Citrouille – Pumpkin Fair – at Préveranges. This village is about 20 km away and is in Cher. Our north-eastern corner of Creuse borders on that departément, and also Indre.

Préveranges Church

Préveranges, despite being small, is a prosperous village, with a beautiful church and a lovely park that we had a quick walk around.

But the main event was the pumpkin fair. This was in the central place of the village. The first thing we saw was this snakecharmer …

Isn't he cool?

Followed by this witch.

There were some truly stupendous pumpkins on display, real whoppers. We’ve had a very poor pumpkin harvest at home this year, all tiddlers, but they’re a fantastic bright orange.

There were a few artisans selling their wares. I succumbed to buying a slice of nougat caramel salé (salt butter caramel) which I’m saving for a Christmas treat. Possibly. (If the sound of it has made your mouth water you can buy it from here.)

There was a guess the weight of the pumpkin competition. I’m pretty sure it weighed more than me. And there were a couple of other food stalls, but we were visiting just after dinner so couldn’t be tempted. Rors had a lollipop though. It was a good afternoon for him as we came across not only a squashed, dried toad …

Very Halloweeny!

But also some hedgehog remains – spines and a few bones …

Sad but fascinating!

The poor old hedgepig was on the bench next to the Lavoir les Puces in the centre of the village.

So all in all, a very interesting little outing with a definite Halloween feel about it!



0 Replies to “Pumpkins at Préveranges – Fête de la Citrouille”

  1. It’s that time of year again… Some neighbours came staggering up our drive earlier this week bearing 2 enormous pumpkins. They are sitting on our kitchen table waiting to be turned into soup or puree. Just have to find the time.

    1. We’ve had one batch of soup so far – pumpkin and tomato, very tasty. You seem to have very generous neighbours. I’m about to start carving a pumpkin for Halloween. It’ll be our smallest jack o lantern ever!

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