By Olivia Handley
Oct. 9, 2014. As Halloween creeps closer, pumpkins are beginning to become a common sight. They are a great way to be creative and festive, and there is no better place to show off your talents than at the Watauga County Arts Council’s Pumpkin Competition on Saturday, Oct. 11.
Simply drop off decorated pumpkins at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace between 4 and 5 p.m. with an entry fee of $5. You may enter as many pumpkins as you would like, so let your imagination run wild! Pumpkins can be carved, painted, embellished or even bedazzled. No candles or fire are allowed at the ArtSpace, so if you would like to illuminate your pumpkin, the Arts Council asks that you provide a battery powered tea light.
Winners will be chosen on the same evening. Those attending the Second Saturday Celebration at the ArtSpace from 5:30-7:30 p.m. will vote on their favorite pumpkins and the top three will win prizes from local businesses. After the event, pumpkins will be left on the pirch of the Blue Ridge ArtSpace for the public to enjoy.
On Oct. 25, the Watauga County Arts Council will be holding a Pumpkin Painting Party from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Blue Ridge ArtSpace. For $5 you will get a mini pumpkin, paints and brushes, but you are welcome to bring other craft supplies to decorate with. All ages are welcome, and after the party attendees will be able to take their pumpkins home. In addition to the decorating party there will be lots of family-friendly games while guests wait for their paint to dry.
This fundraiser was organized by a group of work-study students from Appalachian State University.
“We hope that we can help this organization with some fun new experiences for ourselves as well,” said Olivia Jefferies, one of the students with the work study program. “I would love if these events were something future work study students carried on.”
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