Pumpkin-decorating contest raises bar yet again
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Fri., Oct. 21, 2011
About 40 young artists brought carved, painted or dressed-up gourds to the Riverfront Community Center on Oct. 19 for the Parks and Recreation Department's Halloween Pumpkin Contest. Director of Civil Preparedness Bob Dibella served as judge for an impressive 27th straight year, and said this year's designs show a depth of artistic skills possessed by Glastonbury youth.
“It gives me an appreciation for the creativity and talent of the children of the town of Glastonbury,” he said. “This year, I've seen some absolutely creative, beautiful, through-provoking carvings and paintings, the likes of which I've never seen before. It shows that we have a cadre of students in this town that have an appreciation of this form of art.”
Dibella said he looks for originality as part of the judging process. “I look for someone who is unique in their approach,” he said. “The uncommon approach is what I look for, because that is the individual who seems to have the ability to succeed in life.”
One team effort of note was by sisters Elena, 9, and Alexa, 7, who took an idea from their mother and created a just-water-doused Wicked Witch of the West from the Wizard of Oz, complete with empty water bucket and singed broom.
“We went to Robb's farm and found a green pumpkin,” Elena said.
“Then we found an old broom and had my mom burn it a little,” Alexa said, adding that carving the face was “very easy.”
The flood of expert designs made it difficult to choose winners for all of the age groups and categories.
Sabrina Canihuante, Ben Terry, Nicholas Johnson, Caroline Hapgood, Emma Messenger, Helena Michalik, Kaitlyn Rasmussen, Thomas Rasmussen, and Katie and Holly Rasmussen earned first-place trophies in the 'Funniest' category.
Leverett Johnson, Collin Shubert-Coleman, Elena and Angela Gould, and Hannah Rossman took home first-place trophies in the 'Scariest' category.
'Most original' trophies went to Katie Morgan, Everett Rumery, Jennifer Scola, Cahterine Shubert-Coleman, Lidia Morgan, India Rumery, Toula Rumery, Eva Michalik, and the team of Samantha Sylvester and Mitchell Schmartz.
“With the myriad pumpkins that I have been judging in this event, I am astounded and overwhelmed by the children of Glastonbury,” Dibella said.