The day started with a few drinks out on street out of brown paper bags, legal once the bag stays on! We walked up through fraternity row (yes it really exists!) where each house was having a separate party for the game. The place was buzzing. Once we got into the stadium, the 50,000 full stadium, the show continued. As well as the football, there were cheerleaders, dance troops and marching bands in the stands. Each team was so well supported with their fans all decked out in their colours and chanting for the whole game. At half time there was a show of the marching bands and cheerleaders. Hard to believe we were only at a college game! So everything you seen in a typical American college film, really does go on.
Keeping in theme with our weekend we attended a pumpkin festival the next day, in a gorgeous little town called Half Moon Bay. They take Halloween serious over here and there has been decorations and events on since October 1st. The pumpkin festival celebrated all things pumpkin, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin smoothies and famously the pumpkin pie. There was a pumpkin patch to pick your own, a pumpkin craving contest, and ironically a pumpkin pie eating contest. We decided to enter an international team, Sue and Mary stepped up. They had 90 seconds to eat as much pie as possible without using their hands. The pictures speak a thousand words! Both girls did us proud and received a prize of a pumpkin pie (another one!) as they came all the way from Ireland to enter!
A great all American weekend, celebrating in style for whatever reason, in the way only the Americans can.