While we are in California we have enjoyed the opportunity to see family and friends. The other evening the family was at Rod & Margaret’s house for dinner and had a pumpkin carving contest.
We were divided into teams of four and had 30 minutes to design and carve our pumpkin. Much discussion and strategic planning went into the design and implementation of the various pumpkin carving themes. There were also attempts at intimidation and boasts of “superior technique.”
Some teams chose the traditional Jack O’Lantern look while others opted for an “Appeal to the Judge” approach.
The teams were selected based on age. This is the “Young Dating Team” obviously not the team I was on.
I must confess it has been a long time since I actually carved a pumpkin. It is just as gloppy and messy as I remember, but it was also fun.
This is the pumpkin of the “Young Newlyweds” team – also not my team. Notice the carefully designed sketch of the flower.
With the 30 minute time limit, you had to work fast and it wasn’t long until the designs started to take shape.
The completed pumpkins were displayed for judging. Here is #1
Before I announce the judge’s decision, which of the four is your favorite?