Gourd grief!

A crowd of great pump­kins high­light Fall into St. Michaels

Sunday Star - - FRONT PAGE - By CHRIS POLK cpolk@star­dem.com

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.

PHOTO BY CHRIS POLK

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.

PHO­TOS BY CHRIS POLK

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.

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