Strathmore Agricultural Society hosts pumpkin carving contest to pair with second Fright Night festivities

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Hosted alongside the haunted houses of the Stampede Fright Night at the Strathmore and District Agricultural Society grounds, the team also put on a pumpkin carving contest for kids and families.

Similar to last year, the contest was sponsored by the REMAX real estate reps, and the rouhgly 400 pumpkins were donated by No Frills.

As the stampede grounds were free to enter, so was the carving contest. Residents and families were encouraged to come down, pick a pumpkin and simply have a good time.

Prizes were awarded at the end of each day for each age group, being infant to five years, six to 11 years, and 12 years and up.

“They can either paint them if they’re younger, or they can actually carve a Jack O’ Lantern. It was pretty cute to see some of the different designs that they came up with– every kind of Halloween costume placed on a pumpkin you could think of,” said Ag Society CEO, Ryan Schmidt.

The contest ran on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Schmidt expected a much higher turnout than last year.

“Last year we had to follow pretty strict protocols as far as how many kids we could have carving at a time. This year, it’s going to be outside so it’s a little bit easier,” he said.

“The challenge here, I think will be keeping everyone warm. It’s going to be a little cool (outside) but we’ll have a number of heaters out around the pumpkin carving tent.”

Pictures of the winning pumpkins will be posted to the Strathmore Stampede Facebook page. It was not specified exactly what the prizes for each age group would be.

Schmidt added he wished to express his thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for helping to put the event together.

“None of the stuff we do, including Fright Night would ever happen without them and we sure appreciate it.”

John Watson, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Strathmore Times

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