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Library pumpkin decorating contest returns

Pumpkins feature favorite book characters

Published: Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 10:30 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Oct. 23, 2017 11:00 a.m. CST
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The fourth annual pumpkin contest is underway at the Newton Public Library. The pumpkin entry deadline is Monday with voting to follow. Stop by the library to vote for your favorite.

Whether it be “Three Billy Goats Gruff” or “The Little Mermaid,” children and adults alike are letting the creative juices flow as they transform an ordinary pumpkin or gourd into their favorite book character for the Newton Public Library’s Pumpkin Decorating Contest.

The fourth annual contest gives the community the opportunity once a year to participate in a little friendly competition and come up with a unique character to mimic.

Last year the library saw a record-breaking number of entries with 23 pumpkins. Public Services Librarian Rebecca Klein said the library decided to shorten the timeline this year to speed up the process with entries being accepted by Monday.

Participants are encouraged to paint dress or accessorize their pumpkins or gourds, but not carving. Entries be accepted for Youth/Family and Adult categories. The public will vote for winners in both categories beginning Monday. The two winners will receive a Halloween treat basket.

Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or ksingletary@newtondailynews.com