Inaugural Pumpkins in the Park this weekend

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OSCODA – An inaugural fall event on Furtaw Field called Pumpkins in the Park is set to take place on Saturday and Sunday this weekend starting at 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

The fall festivities are being put on by Danielle Lynch of Blue Ribbon Events. Lynch has held a number of arts and crafts shows over the summer and will be returning with some fall themed activities. 

Along with the arts and craft show which is expected to run each day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will also be other fall activities including a chili cook off, cider sampling, a pet costume parade and two pumpkin carving competitions. 

The cider sampling is set to begin at noon and run until 5 p.m. each day. Both hot and cold ciders will be available to sample. Just a few hours later the chili cook off will begin at 2-6 p.m. The cost to sample chili is five dollars, according to Lynch. 

Prizes are set to include $100 for first place as voted on by the people and a $50 El Diablo award for the spiciest chili. Chili will be scored on color, appearance, aroma, presentation and taste. Those wishing to enter the contest must do so by today (Wednesday). 

The cost to enter the competition is $10. There are only 25 spots available, so be aware of that when considering applying. Information about how to apply can be found at www.danielleblueribbonevents.com. 

At 2 p.m. the two pumpkin carving competitions will commence. There will be two competitions locals can enter. One of them includes carving the pumpkin prior to attending the event and the other allows those to do a free carve on site. The competition will run until 4 p.m. 

Those participating in the free carve competition will be judged on originality, design, detail, and creativity. Free pumpkins will be available for the first 15 minors. Participants must be at least 14 years old and each contestant under 18 years old must sign a liability waiver. 

Participants may use their own tools, but supplies will be available on site. In order to be eligible for judging, pumpkins may not be painted or otherwise decorated, only carved. First, second and third place prizes will be given (either cash or gift certificates) for the best on site carving. 

Those participating in the pre-carved competition will have similar rules, except pumpkins can be dropped off at 10 a.m. and must be entered by 2 p.m. at the pumpkin carving area. Similar to the free carve contest, pumpkins are not to be painted or otherwise decorated, only card. 

Prizes will be awarded by age group with kids up to 12 years old  being awarded for most creative and silliest Jack. Teens age 13 to 17 can enter the most creative and creepiest and adults 18 years or older can enter most creative and best use of the entire pumpkin. 

Each entry must be labeled with the following information (on an index card or alike taped to the back of the pumpkin) name, address, phone number, category and please note if a commercial stencil was used. It is also asked that participants indicate whether they would like their pumpkin returned to them by 4 p.m. on Sunday. Pumpkins not picked up by 5 p.m. will be donated to the town to use on display where they see fit. 

On Sunday festivities are set to include the arts and crafts show continued and a pet costume parade starting at noon. Awards include best in show, most original costume, most glamorous and most adorable. Best in show will receive a blue ribbon and a gift certificate. Other awards will win a certificate of merit and a gift certificate. 

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