Elizabethton Library contest brings out best decorated pumpkins

John Thompson • Oct 23, 2018 at 8:02 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Halloween has always inspired some great, if scary literature. It has also inspired some great art.

The Elizabethton/Carter Country Public Library has combined both inspirations in one contest this Halloween. Called the “No Carve Pumpkin Decoration Contest,” it combines great literature with the artistic talents of local families. The results have been some spectacular pumpkins.

Because it is a library, the contest naturally allows book lovers to pay tribute to a favorite character in a book, or a chance to recreate a scene or element from a story, or turn the pumpkin into anything else from a story in a favorite book.

The result has been some fantastic designs, ranging from fairy tales to graphic novels, to children’s books and young adult novels, like “The Hate U Give.”

The library even gave out pumpkins for young artists to do their thing. Those pumpkins have been distributed, but anyone wishing to enter the contest with their own pumpkin can drop off their masterpiece at the library before Halloween.

The library staff will judge the creations and winners will be announced at the library booth during the Downtown Trick or Treat on the afternoon of Oct. 31.

All of the pumpkins sitting around the main desk and front shelves of the library certainly adds a Halloween flavor to the library for the last couple of weeks of October. The fact that the pumpkins were not carved means these works of art may last for a while longer for lovers of stories and the lovers of unique art displays can enjoy them

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