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Gourd is great, gourd is good

Here’s an exit sign that piqued my curiosity — enough to make me veer off the interstate to figure out just what makes a pumpkin Baptist, and why they need their own center.

Are Baptist pumpkins preachier? Do they go all fire and brimstone? Do they achieve life everlasting, or is that dream just pie in the sky?

I pictured a chapel filled with orange orbs, sharing fellowship, singing hymns. I wondered if other denominations of gourds had similar facilities — say, Catholic Cantaloupes, Jewish Watermelons, Seventh Day Adventist Squash?

What makes these Baptist pumpkins so holier than thou to think they deserve their own center, even their own exit sign, I wondered as I exited Interstate 55 in Louisiana, not far from Hammond.

Before I was even off the exit ramp, I realized I was barking up the wrong vine.

Baptist was one way, Pumpkin Center the other. Less intrigued, I just got back on the interstate.

(“Dog’s Country” is the continuing account of one man and one dog spending six months criss-crossing America.)


Comment from kathryn
Time July 30, 2010 at 6:51 am

Let us thank him for our food.

Comment from Sue
Time July 31, 2010 at 8:59 am

I’m a wee bit disappointed you didn’t venture into Pumpkin Center and tell us why that vegetable deserves it’s own center… I mean, I like pumpkins. Who doesn’t? But wouldn’t you think potatoes would get their own center before pumpkins? Or corn? I think corn deserves one. And Lucy (my canine handmaiden) votes for green beans having their own. Why pumpkins?

Comment from Jessica
Time September 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm

I actually live in Pumpkin Center and it’s a pretty great place!!!

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