|Ernie Miller Nature Center Presents First-Ever Pumpkin Carving Contest|
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.