Pumpkin decorators take artistic approach

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Oct. 17, 2013
Emily, 2, decorated herself as a pumpkin for the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department's Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Oct. 16. Photos by Steve Smith.
Emily, 2, decorated herself as a pumpkin for the Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department's Pumpkin Decorating Contest on Oct. 16. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury Parks and Recreation Department's annual Pumpkin Decorating Contest fielded more than 65 entries, making it one of the biggest contests to date, and according to the judges, one of the best.

“This year, the pumpkins were more creative than ever before,” said Glastonbury Civil Preparedness Director Bob Dibella, who has judged the contest for the 29th time. “It is a testament to the children of the town of Glastonbury. They displayed myriad displays of craftsmanship and art.”

Katelyn, 7, brought a witch pumpkin, which included a sign that read “Eats kids who don't do their homework, and turns kids into turtles, also!” She explained that the sign originally read that the witch turns kids into frogs, but that a younger sibling had misplaced the accompanying frog, so the switch was made to “turtles.”

Jordan, 7, brought a creation called “It's a minion-eat-minion world” and said she spent countless hours on it.

Prizes were given out for first, second and third place, in three age groups in the categories of “Scariest,” “Funniest” and “Most Original.”

Dibella said he saw a wider array of approaches to pumpkin-carving and decorating than before. This year's crop of pumpkins included those with embroidery, moving parts and flashing lights, as well as realistic-looking blood.

“They employed many different types of additions and accoutrements, and although they use the pumpkins as the basis for their work, they seem to defray from that by adding additional attractions in and around the pumpkin. They really approach it as a work of art,” Dibella said.

“I was so impressed,” said first-time judge Welles-Turner Memorial Library Children's Librarian Lisa Amato. “It was so hard to judge. The kids got really creative, and the carvings were wonderful.”

Amato said she especially liked the “Scariest” category. “They did a lot of really creative, spooky things with that,” she said.

For more information on Parks and Recreation children's events, visit www.glasct.org.


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