Penn State Arboretum Hosts Annual Pumpkin Festival
You've bought that pumpkin and you're getting ready to carve it up for Halloween.
But what design will you choose? Scary face? Happy face -- something bizarre? Well, here's your chance to collect some terrific pumpkin carving ideas.
More than 400 pumpkins are now on now display as part of Penn State's third annual Pumpkin Festival at the Arboretum.
From scary to the school-spirited, Penn Staters and area residents alike carved out jack-o-lanterns for the contest.
Shari Edelson, director of horticulture and curator at the arboretum is the event organizer. She says the contest is a good opportunity for people to unleash their hidden talents.
"I believe that there is secretly a master pumpkin carver inside every student," Edelson says.
Ariel Alvarez, Anthony D'Amico and Meghan Micciolo are members of Amnesty International. The three students all dropped off pumpkins Friday to join the display. Alvarez's pumpkin features the Amnesty International candle emblem.
"It was a great social event for us to get together," Alvarez says.
The contest rules are pretty strict -- no foreign objects (no toothpicks, glue, yarn, paint, pins, leaves, flowers) and only parts from a single pumpkin are allowed. But the results are dazzling.
There are awards for different age groups, including students and adults.
You're invited out to see the pumpkins Saturday afternoon.
The arboretum will be offering light refreshments and music from 4 to 8 p.m. Check out scarecrow and cornhusk doll crafts and storytelling from 4 p.m. to dusk. And if you dare, come see the lighted Jack-o-Lantern display from 6 to 9 p.m.
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