The Ludwigsburg Kürbisausstellung, or pumpkin festival, runs at the Blühende Barock garden area at the Ludwigsburg Castle.
This year, the exhibition’s motto is “Ancient Rome.” More than 450,000 pumpkins and over 600 different varieties from all over the world, ranging from edible to decorative, will be featured throughout the event.
Visitors can also sample pumpkin-inspired foods and drinks ranging from pumpkin “Flammkuchen,” soup and spaghetti to pumpkin burgers, strudel, “Maultaschen,” popcorn pumpkin candy and sparkling wine.
During the “Kürbisregatta,” or boat race, canoeists in caved pumpkins will participate in a race at the lake in front of the castle Sept. 16 and Sept. 17 starting at 1 p.m. (Südgarten Blühendes Barock).
The European championship for the heaviest pumpkin will be held Oct. 8 at 1:30 p.m. (Südgarten Blühendes Barock).
A Halloween pumpkin carving session will be held Oct. 21 and 28 at 10 a.m.
Pumpkin Carver Ray Villafane at Pumpkin Festival
The popular pumpkin carver Ray Villafane from the U.S. along with his team will sculpt the pumpkin “Hubbard Family” (Hubbard pumpkins are one of the many varieties on exhibit at the fest) during the Ludwigsburg Pumpkin Festival Sept. 7-10 starting daily at 11 a.m. With the various pumpkin sculptures, Villafane aims to visualize the history of the Hubbard squash.
Tickets cost €9 for adults and €4.50 for children 15 years old and younger. Family tickets (two adults and two children 15 years old and younger) will cost €25.