A crowd of great pumpkins highlight Fall into St. Michaels
ST. MICHAELS — The smell of fresh pumpkin and the sound of mechanical bats flapping their wings were only part of the background to a garden of Halloween delights, carved pumpkins galore at the St. Michaels Community Center on Saturday, Oct. 20.
It’s all par t of Fall into St. Michaels. The St. Michaels Business Association’s annual pumpkin-carving contest entries will be available for viewing one more day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
A steady crowd of people filed through the community center on Saturday, with small children excitedly pointing out details, oohing and ahhing.
There were beautiful faces with straight teeth, ugly faces with crooked teeth, campfires, a Volkswagen van, a beehive with pumpkin bees, a head of Walt Disney’s Dumbo, and that was just the beginning.
The First Place Traditional prize went to a map of the world with pins that invited viewers to mark their favorite place. The carver was Madeline Hargrove, sponsored by Agave Arts and Juicing Company.
Second Place Traditional went to a beautifully carved pumpkin gazebo containing a pumpkin picnic table, carved by Mishelle Cummings and Charlie Cooper for Balanced Care Physical Therapy.
Third Place Traditional went to a pumpkin carved in hearts, flowers and a big, perfect smile, carved by Kim Weller for Silver Linings of St. Michaels.
First Place Humorous was given to a skeleton bride and groom jumping out of a pumpkin wedding cake carved by Rebecca Thomas of Rebecca Thomas Events.
Second Place Humorous was given to a carving of a large-eyed witch with wrinkly skin and a glittery hat carved by Kim Hannon of Ophiuroidea, “The O.’
Third Place Humorous was given to a pumpkin John Deere tractor that was harvesting candy corn for the feeding of long-necked gourd geese, carved by Aaron Cummings of Foxy’s Harbor Grille.
First Place Whimsical was awarded to a pumpkin med-i-vac helicopter with a motorized whirling propeller and rocking skeleton pilot, carved by Amy and Dale Todd for the St. Michaels Crab and Steak House.
Second Place Whimsical was won by a carving of a beautiful-faced feminine pumpkin with straw flowers in her hair, carved by Kim Weller for Bella Soul.
Third Place Whimsical was given to a carved pumpkin porthole that looked out to a scene of St. Michaels, including a sailing ship, lighthouse and the “Welcome to St. Michaels” town sign, carved by Bridget and Kevin Whited for Sea Captain Cottages.
The People’s Choice Award, considered by many to be the best prize of all, is yet to be determined. Hundreds of people looked at the contest entries Saturday and were asked to vote for their favorite, one vote per person.
The voting will continue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, with the results being tallied after the show closes. The St. Michaels Community Center is at 103 Railroad Ave.
Other events for Fall into St. Michaels on Sunday will include the traditional Jack Russell Terrier Races on the lawn of the St. Michaels Inn. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the races start at 11 a.m.
Ben Davis looks for his favorite place to stick a pin on a pumpkin carved like a globe of the world during the St. Michaels Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday. Visitors can continue to view the entries at the St. Michaels Community Center and vote for their favorite from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.
A carved pumpkin porthole that looks out to a scene of St. Michaels, including a sailing ship, lighthouse and the “Welcome to St. Michaels” town sign, was carved by Bridget and Kevin Whited for Sea Captain Cottages during the St. Michaels Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday.
Volunteer Stephanie Bell clearly does not have problem with spiders as she helps man the desk during the St. Michaels Pumpkin Carving Contest on Saturday.
Visitors enjoy the dark, scary interior of the St. Michaels Community Center during the pumpkin carving contest on Saturday. Visitors can continue to view the entries and vote for their favorite from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday.