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This Weekend: Pumpkin Fest at the Arboretum

pumpkinfestI’ll be the first to admit that my photos from the Arboretum’s Pumpkin Fest don’t hold a candle (pun intended) to Tina’s photos from years past. And yeah, I realize that un-lighted jack-o-lanterns, photographed on an especially sunny morning, aren’t all that impressive. But here’s my excuse: The third annual pumpkin-carving contest is still accepting submissions, and I figured our artistic (and knife-dextrous) readers would appreciate the chance to join in. You can enter a carved pumpkin at the Arboretum by 4 p.m. Friday (you’ll see a registration table at the Overlook Pavilion); there’s more details here.

And not to deter anyone from entering, but from what I’ve seen already, the competition looks pretty stiff. There were a handful of creative Penn State-themed pumpkins, an alien pumpkin, a turtle, and even a pumpkin minion (those cute little yellow guys from Despicable Me). I can’t wait to see how awesome these creations look in the dark.

To see for yourself, head to the Arboretum this weekend: Lighted jack-o-lanterns will be on display Friday from 6 to 9 p.m., and on Saturday, music, crafts, refreshments, and other fall festivities begin at 4 p.m., with the jack-o-lanterns on display from 6 to 9 p.m.

Mary Murphy, associate editor 

October 17, 2013 at 3:18 pm Leave a comment

Calling All Pumpkin Carvers

A (very) small sampling of last year’s entries.

I was psyched to see that the Arboretum at Penn State is bringing back its Pumpkin Festival that was such a hit (and such a great photo opportunity) last year.

This coming Sunday and Monday, anyone who wants to try their hand at carving a pumpkin can pick one up at the Arboretum—or buy their own elsewhere, if the Arboretum’s supply of 750 runs out. Carve it, brring it back next Thursday or Friday, and the resulting jack-o-lanterns will be lit up and on display next Friday and Saturday (the 19th and 20th). There’ll be judging on Saturday.

I don’t think I’ve ever done much more with a pumpkin than use a sharp kitchen knife to create a basic face. One year I did three small pumpkins as “mad,” “sad,” and “glad” and thought I was pretty clever. That was before I saw the pumpkins at the Arboretum’s pumpkin festival last year. There was some amazing artistry; you can see a photo album from last year on the magazine’s Facebook page.

More information about the pumpkin festival, including a timetable and the rules, can be found on the Arboretum’s website.

October 12, 2012 at 8:52 am 2 comments


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