October 22, 2020
ANDOVER, NY – From Stephen Walker:
Andover Lions Club presents The Great Pumpkin Contest, Halloween afternoon and evening. Cash prizes will be awarded for the winning carved Jack-o-lanterns and painted or otherwise decorated pumpkins. Children and adults are all eligible to enter.
For many years Andover Lions have hosted a Halloween party and costume contest, which has been cancelled this year. Lion President Jeannie Walker Todd says, “With a little creativity our club came up with a fun Halloween activity that everyone can participate in, while still keeping at a safe distance.”
The Village Park at the corner of South Main and East Greenwood Streets will host the contest. Pumpkin artists can present their entries Saturday from 4 PM until 6 PM. Pumpkins will be displayed on the low broad stone walls of the park along the sidewalks. At 6 PM judging will commence. Four prizes of $25 each will be awarded. The age categories are 5 and under, 6 to 10, 11 to 17 with adults 18 and older also eligible for a prize.
Trick-or-treaters and others are welcome to admire the pumpkin creations until 7 PM, when they may be collected by the contestants.
The rules are quite simple. Only real pumpkins are accepted. Only one entry per person. There is no preregistration. If several pumpkins are combined to create a single sculpture, the composition is limited to three pumpkins. Candles or electric illumination of Jack-o-lanterns are accepted. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, or decorated in any manner. Entry is free of charge. The Lions Halloween Committee reserves the right to refuse any entry deemed unsafe or inappropriate for the entertainment of children.