By Senator John Cornyn
Pumpkin Capital, USA
With Halloween right around the corner, orange jack-o-lanterns are popping up on porches across Texas.
But did you know some pumpkins naturally grow pink, blue, green, white, or red?
You’ll find all different sizes, shapes, and colors harvested in Floydada, Texas each year – a town of 3,000 near Lubbock that has claimed the title ‘Pumpkin Capital, USA.’
Rumor has it the name stems from the first time Europeans stepped foot in current-day Floydada. The Santa Fe expedition passing through scared the natives, who immediately scattered, leaving behind only a pile of ripe pumpkins and allowing the explorers to discover the sweet taste of the gourd.
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