Melissa Martin from the Rollin Art Centre has a choice to make in the pumpkin department at Naesgaard’s Farm Market.

Melissa Martin from the Rollin Art Centre has a choice to make in the pumpkin department at Naesgaard’s Farm Market.

Carve out time for new pumpkin event at the Rollin Art Centre

ROllin Art Centre begins a new fall tradition this weekend.

The Rollin Art Centre begins a new tradition this Saturday, Oct. 25 with its inaugural Pumpkin Carving Contest.

This family friendly event takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will enable families to spend the afternoon carving pumpkins on the terrace at the Rollin. Carving tools and garbage cans will be available. When completed, finished jack-o-lanterns will be placed in the gardens for display leading up to Halloween, Rollin arts administrator Melissa Martin said.

Participants can register on Saturday for $5 per pumpkin (all pumpkins will be supplied—carve as many as you’d like to pay for). Partial proceeds will go towards BC Children’s Hospital.

There are six carving categories available: 4-6 yrs, 7-10 yrs, 11-13 yrs, 14-17 yrs, 18-pluss and groups.

Viewing and voting of your favorite lit jack-o-lantern will be Friday, Oct. 31 from 4-7 pm.

“Visit our gardens of all the lit pumpkins and vote as many times as you like for your favourite pumpkin, $2 each vote.” Martin said.

Winners in each group will be announced in the paper, with special prizes created by intarsia artist Bill Townsend as well as gifts from Tim Hortons. Naesgaard’s Market and Farmer Bill are sponsoring the pumpkins this year.

Come in costume.

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