Pumpkin decorating contest returns to library

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Bayli Short checks out a pumpkin at the Escanaba Public Library in Escanaba Tuesday afternoon. The pumpkins, which are available to “check-out” until Saturday, are part of the library’s Great Pumpkin Check-Out pumpkin decorating contest.

ESCANABA — Kids and adults alike will have the opportunity to show off their pumpkin decorating skills during Escanaba Public Library’s “Great Pumpkin Check-Out.”

According to Tammy George, library assistant, the contest is a fun way to for people to show off their creative abilities.

“The creativity (of the decorated pumpkins) is abundant,”said George.

George explained the contest is open to all ages, and prizes will be awarded to one lucky winner in two groups, under 12 years of age and teen/adult.

Pumpkins can be “checked out” from the library’s “pumpkin patch.” Contestants can also use their own pumpkin, squash, or gourd, said George.

Haley Gustafson | Daily Press Pumpkins available for check-out at the Escanaba Public Library are shown Tuesday afternoon.

The entries must be decorated and not carved. When checked out from the library, a limit of two pumpkins will be given to families.

Participants can create any kind of pumpkin they wish, noted George. Some pumpkins entered in the past looked like a favorite book character or author, while others were funny, scary, happy, or fierce.

The last time the library hosted the contest, George said pumpkins ranged from NFL football teams, to fall theme decor, including pumpkin painted with leaves and Halloween-themed pumpkins to coincide with the upcoming Halloween holiday.

To be eligible for one of the prizes, the decorated pumpkins must be turned into the library by Monday, said George.

The pumpkins will be on display in the library and judged by popular vote from Thursday, Oct. 23-26. Winners will be announced on Friday, Oct. 27, and once voted upon, participants can pick up their pumpkins the next day. Voters must be patrons of the Escanaba Public Library, added George.

“The Great Pumpkin Check-Out” is being sponsored by the Friends of the Escanaba Public Library.

For more information, contact the library at 789-7323 or by visiting their website at www.escanabalibrary.org.