The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

October 16, 2013

Calling all carvers: News Courier’s pumpkin carving contest kicks off

By Lora Scripps

— By Lora Scripps

Across Limestone County, pumpkins are popping up in just about every neighborhood.

“What is more fun than kicking off fall than a trip to the pumpkin patch to pick out that perfect pumpkin?” asked News Courier Manager Katherine Miller. “Showing off your pumpkin creation for Halloween of course.”

That’s why the News Courier staff is asking readers to take part in a pumpkin carving contest. Whether a pumpkin carving pro or a carving “Average Joe,” your carved creation could soon be featured on the front page of Lifestyles as well as earn you a Halloween basket full of treats.

The contest is open to everyone and free to enter.

Contest rules

The contest will be judged through photographs taken by participants and submitted to The News Courier. The photograph should include the carved creation as well as index card (photographed beside the pumpkin) with the name of the pumpkin carver and the date the pumpkin was carved.

Photos should be sent to Katherine Miller at before Oct. 25.

A grand prize winner will be announced Oct. 30 in the Lifestyles section. Photos of the funniest, scariest and most creative pumpkin will also be published.

“Our readers are very important to us,” Miller said “We are planning a lot of fun ways to show our appreciation in the next months. For instance, we are hosting our annual Community Appreciation Day Oct. 22, as well as taking pictures of area children in their costumes to be published in the paper on Halloween.

“And now, the pumpkin contest where a reader has the chance to win a basket full of treats and maybe a trick or two.”

To find out more about the pumpkin carving contest, call 256-232-2720.