The Strathmore Agricultural Society is hosting a pumpkin carving competition to pair with the festivities of the second Fright Night

Staged alongside the Stampede Fright Night haunted houses on Strathmore and District Agricultural Society grounds, the team also hosted a pumpkin carving competition for kids and families.

Like last year, the contest was sponsored by REMAX real estate representatives and the approximately 400 pumpkins were donated by No Frills.

As the scramble grounds were free to enter, so was the sculpting competition. Residents and families were encouraged to come downstairs, pick a pumpkin and just have a good time.

Prizes were awarded at the end of each day for each age group, ranging from infants to five, six to 11, and 12 and older.

“They can either paint them if they’re younger or sculpt a Jack O ‘Lantern. It was pretty cute to see some of the different designs they came up with – every kind of Halloween costume placed on a pumpkin you can think of, ”said Ryan Schmidt, CEO of Ag Society.

The contest took place Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Schmidt expected a much higher participation rate than last year.

“Last year we had to follow pretty strict protocols as to how many children we could have at a time. This year it will be away, so it’s a little easier, ”he said.

“The challenge here, I think, will be keeping everyone warm. It will be a little chilly (outside) but we will have a number of heaters around the pumpkin carving tent.

Photos of the winning pumpkins will be posted on the Strathmore Stampede Facebook page. It was not specified exactly what the prices would be for each age group.

Schmidt added that he wanted to express his thanks to all the volunteers and sponsors for helping to organize the event.

“None of the things we do, including Fright Night, would ever happen without them and we certainly appreciate it. ”

Amalia H. Mercado