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Ernie Miller Nature Center Presents First-Ever Pumpkin Carving Contest
POSTED: 10/01/2001
Show off your artistic ability and try for some great prizes through a new Pumpkin Carving Contest being presented by the Johnson County Park and Recreation District.

Those wishing to enter this first-ever event should drop off their carved pumpkins to the Ernie Miller Nature Center, 909 N. Kansas 7 Highway, Olathe, by noon on Saturday, Oct. 27. The goal is to have over 100 candlelit Jack-O-Lanterns lining the trails to the nature center for that evening's presentation of Campfire Thrills & Chills - Scary Stories from Halloweens Past from 6:30 to 8 p.m. The pumpkins will also be on display during the Fall Frights and Folklore program from 1 to 4:30 p.m..

Entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. First prize will be a group hayride for up to 25 people at Shawnee Mission Park or Heritage Park valued at $100. Second prize is a wildlife presentation or youth birthday party at the nature center. Third prize is a $25 gift certificate for the nature center's Nature's Corner Gift Shop.

The contest is free and there are no age restrictions. Entries don't have to be scary - fun or whimsical designs are welcome. Because the goal is to have Jack-O-Lanterns for the evening program, only carved pumpkins will be accepted - no painted or otherwise decorated pumpkins please! To ensure freshness, it is highly recommended that entries not be carved more than two days prior to the event.

Winners will be notified. Entrants can pick up their Jack-O-Lanterns following the evening campfire program or from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 28. Entries that are not claimed will be placed in the park as food for wildlife. For more information, contact JCPRD Naturalist Molly Postlewait (913) 764-8580 ext. 26.

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