Annual Great Pumpkin Walk, carving contest is back

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When the idea for beginning a county-wide pumpkin walk was discussed last October at a meeting of the Washington County Tourism Commission, little did the group realize the magnitude of the popularity that the event would produce. With hundreds of pumpkins carved by participants of all ages lining the community walking trail, the more than 2,000 visitors enjoyed viewing the creations as well as filling their treat bags and enjoying craft stations along the way.

Once again the Tourism Commission will be sponsoring the event to be held Oct. 27 and 28 along the community walking trail starting at Salem Middle School. This year’s event will have both expanded categories as well as increased monetary prizes. Participants may receive free pumpkins to carve or may provide their own pumpkins if desired. Free pumpkins will be available Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 25 and 26 in the parking lot located at the Washington County YMCA. Finished carvings must be turned in Friday, Oct. 27 between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the same location in order to be placed for the evening’s viewing just prior to dusk and will continue until 10 p.m. both Friday and Saturday evenings.

The Tourism Commission is also encouraging churches, civic organizations, businesses and clubs to get in on the fun by sponsoring a treat stop, craft stop, face painting, games, etc. along the pathway. This event offers a great opportunity for the entire community to come together to create a memorable time for children and adults alike. The Commission is also hoping that some civic groups may also be interested in sponsoring food booths for an added dimension.

The categories for this year’s event include painted pumpkins with divisions for kindergarten through second; third through fifth; middle school and high school; carved pumpkin divisions with the same grades breakdown as well as a category for carved pumpkins by adults. There will also be a category for adults wishing to use artificial pumpkins, gourde carving or painted pumpkins for their entry. Prizes for elementary categories are $100; $125 for middle school; $150 for high school; and $200 for adult categories.

Any civic group wishing to join in the fun by sponsoring a stop along the path may contact Tourism Commission president, Chris Bundy via email at: cbundy2012@gmail.com or by calling him at 812-844-1051. Visit the tourism website at: WashingtonCountyTourism.com for complete guidelines.

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