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Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumkin carving, cider drinking, competition winning ME!

OK I don't like to toot my own horn but this time I will.  I won the first annual Bushman Pumpkin carving contest.  We had 9 different carvers ranging in age from 13 to 50. 
I have never been a good pumpkin carver.  Not really artistic when it comes to that stuff.  That is my little brother's thing.  He is awesome at drawing and painting.  So I had to have a game plan. 
I was more or less issued a challenge by a friend of mine Sandy.  She is always trying to compete with me.
She says she is motivated by my passion for the things that I do.  Gardening, cooking, and now pumpkin carving.  Everytime something comes up she says, " I bet I could do it better than you".  So then it's game on.  That is how this got started.  This is how I ended it!
I started with a sketch of sorts

Ended up with this.  Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Here is Sandy's







Here is one I carved for fun!!

We all had fun and made a great mess.  Sandy was on call and had to go in for a surgery but she was pretty much finished with her pumpkin just couldn't stay around for judging.
We judged by writing down 1st, 2nd and 3rd and you couldn't vote for your own.  I took 7 out of 9.  Can you say LANDSLIDE Sandy?  OK that's enough rubbing until next October.  What did I win you ask?
The right to do this!!!!!
(Sandy took 2nd and Sam 3rd)
We had hit the cider mill earlier in the day and cushioned our fat reserves on cider and donuts.
We even spoiled ourselves with a bottle of cherry, apple wine that they make at the mill.
The chickens and the garden enjoyed the pumpkin "guts".


  1. Congrats on the win - LOVE the jack-o-lantern ideas! You are such an entertaining writer.

  2. Looks like a nice family comp with some excellent results.

  3. Thanks Vickie and Big Dude. We enjoyed it and it was good to see the kids get involved. I have to admit that was the best pumpkin I have ever carved.


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