Fall is on its way, and in this part of the country, that means pumpkins are going to be showing up everywhere!

The Circleville Pumpkin Show, which brings more than 300,000 people to the town about a half-hour south of Columbus, is a must-do. From Oct. 16-19, see the locally grown competitors for "King Pumpkin" - some as heavy as 1,200 pounds! Get you fill of

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pumpkin-based foods - from fried pumpkin blossoms to pumpkin pancakes, sloppy joes, donuts and ice cream. Check out Lindsey' Bakery's 6' pumpkin pie! It's truly a spectacular event.

Pumpkin patches dot the countryside around Columbus, and visiting is a great way to spend a crisp fall day. Lynd's Fruit Farm in Pataskala offers apple picking in addition to its truly legendary assortment of pumpkins and gourds. Hop on a tractor-drawn hay wagon and ride to the pumpkin patch, where you can pick out the best canvas for carving. Pigeon Roost Farms in Hebron, also has a great pumpkin patch, and you can also indulge in fire-roasted kettle corn, hay rides, face painting and a great corn maze. pumpkin patch

punpkin 3Foodies will love A La Carte Food Tours' An Homage to the Great Pumpkin tour, Oct. 12. Learn to bake the perfect pumpkin pies, taste some fantastic pumpkin ice cream, and indulge in a pumpkin cocktail, all the while learning tips for cooking with everyone's favorite squash.

What's your favorite way to enjoy pumpkins?